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Larry Hagman: 5 of His Most Fascinating Possessions
Posted By Patrick Kiger On November 24, 2012 @ 8:53 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
Larry Hagman, who died on Nov. 23 at age 81 in Dallas, will be long remembered for his portrayal of the deliciously Machiavellian John Ross “J.R.” Ewing in the long-running (1978-91) CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas. During the famous March 21, 1980, “Who Shot J.R.?” episode, an astounding 300 million people in 57 countries tuned in to watch Hagman’s character take a bullet from a mysterious assailant – who turned out to be his sister-in-law/mistress, Kristin Shepard (portrayed by Mary Crosby). When TNT revived the series in 2012, Hagman – ever the trouper – returned as an integral part of the series, despite being ill with cancer at the time. “I like to work, and I like to work with my buddies,” he explained.
But Hagman wasn’t just larger-than-life on the small screen. In June 2011, Hagman staged one of the most spectacular celebrity memorabilia auctions in history at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. “There comes a time, even in J.R. Ewing’s life, when you have to downsize,” he said, tongue-in-cheek. Hagman garnered an impressive $500,000 for his horde of 413 items.
Here are five of the items that went on the auction block (along with the winning bids):
Here’s a glimpse of the auction reception:
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