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John Wayne's 'True Grit' Eye Patch Could Grace Your Very Own Face

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Western fans -- particularly Western fans with vision problems -- your time to rejoice has arrived. The eye patch that John Wayne wore as Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit" is going on the auction block, and experts believe that for a mere $35,000, it could be yours.

In a statement, Nate Sanders of Nate Sanders Auction House said, “This is the ultimate piece for fans of the western movie, a uniquely American genre."


The film was made in 1969, and Wayne wound up winning an Oscar for his performance. He wore the patch again in the sequel, "Rooster Cogburn."

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Wayne donated the patch to Southern California Chamber Symphony Society auction in 1975, and included in the package is a letter from the actor dated November 4,1975, stating the following:

Dear Friend: Please let this certify that the enclosed 'eyepatch' is one which I wore during the filming of 'True Grit' and 'Rooster Cogburn'. Now that my eye is better I'm happy to donate it to such a worthy cause - the Southern California Chamber Symphony Society auction. Wear it in good health! Sincerely John Wayne

You can bid on this delightful movie memorabilia until May 29.