Legendary singing cowboy Gene Autry, who grew up in Ravia and first appeared on the radio in Tulsa, will be the subject of an estate auction in Los Angeles next month, reports CMT.com.
Presented by Abell Auction Company, the sale will include the Steinway & Sons model M mahogany case grand piano, on which he wrote 640 songs, including the iconic Christmas song “Here Comes Santa Claus.”
Among many other items, Autry’s white Resistol cowboy hat and his sports jacket from the California Angels, which he founded, also will be up for bidding.
The music, TV and film star has five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1969. In 1942, the small town of Berwyn in Carter County changed its name to Gene Autry.
Autry died in 1998 of lymphoma.