This month, Roy Rogers Jr. parted with Trigger, the horse made famous by his singing cowboy father.
Mr. Rogers and his siblings kept the palomino, mounted and preserved, in the family museum in Branson, Mo., before its doors closed last year. The horse sold for $266,500 at Christie’s in New York, one of 300-odd items, including cowboy boots, belt buckles and guitars, bequeathed to the Rogers family after their father’s death.
"I grew up with a lot of these things," says Mr. Rogers, who goes by the nickname "Dusty." "My dad told us years ago, when you get to the point where it costs a lot of money, when it becomes demanding to keep things, it’s OK to let them go. It’s been a very difficult decision."
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