Trigger, the faithful companion and famous horse of legendary 'singing cowboy' Roy Rogers was sold at the New York City auction house Christine's on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 for more than $266,000. RFD-TV in Omaha, Nebraska purchased the stuffed horse from the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Missouri. The museum is now closed and the items it housed were put up for auction. The Nebraska television network purchased the horse with plans to include it as part of a museum it hopes to open. They are looking to purchase more of Roy Rogers items at auction for the museum.
Trigger passed away in 1965 one day short of 31 years of age. Rogers, known as the "King of the Cowboys", couldn't bear to bury his friend and had the horse stuffed. Rogers originally purchased the horse for $2,500.
More information, photos of Trigger, Rogers' German Shepherd "Bullet", Rogers wife Dale Evans and more Rogers memorabilia is in this entertainment article.