Lorne Greene, best known for playing Ben Cartwright on the television show Bonanza, is considered to be one of the most iconic people of his era and was privy to have been on what is now considered to be the second-longest-running TV Western. But Greene likely didn’t know how popular he would really become once the show went into syndication the world over, creating an even larger fan base than he probably dreamed. That may not have been his thought when he decided to leave a treasure trove of Bonanza memorabilia behind for his son when he passed away in 1987.
Treasures ranged from commemorative belt buckles to the original branding iron that was used during the beginning sequence to every episode. It’s a collection that Greene’s son now says he wants to share with the world.
A few months ago, Greene’s family contacted Anchor Auctions and Appraisals and explained that they wanted to auction off a portion of Greene’s items. As the son’s assistant explains, Greene had owned a lot of stuff and, in the end, just wanted the public to have access to it. So they got to work putting together a collection of more than 500 artifacts, including 20 from the television show, to be put up for auction. It’s not clear whether the auction, which will be open to overseas investors, was stated in Greene’s will or if the idea was that of his son who knew what about his father’s final wishes of sharing these treasures with the rest of the world. Regardless though, many Texas residents may be getting ideas about their own estates from just such a situation.
As we’ve stated in past posts, providing a detailed description of what you want to happen to your belongings and monetary assets after you pass is an important part of any estate plan. It not only ensures that the people you designate get what you want them to get, but makes sure that your final wishes are carried out exactly how you wanted.
Source: The Los Angeles Times, “Son of ‘Bonanza star’ Lorne Greene to auction off memorabilia,” John M. Glionna, June 27, 2013