RENO — A Western-style jacket worn by Clark Gable during filming of “The Misfits” around Reno in 1960 has sold for $6,543 at auction.
The jacket was sold during an online auction staged Thursday night by New Hampshire-based RR Auction.
A letter that accompanied the jacket said it was purchased at Parker’s Western Wear in Reno as shooting of the film was beginning, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. The sale also included a photo of Gable posing on the set in the jacket.
A Reno memorabilia collector who wanted to remain anonymous put the jacket up for sale.
The buyer was not identified.
“The Misfits” was the last complete film for both Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
Just 12 days after filming ended, Gable died of a heart attack at age 59.
Less than 21 months later, Monroe died of a drug overdose at age 36 in what was ruled a suicide.
Gable gave the jacket to Charles Coffman, his driver during filming. Coffman died several years ago, and the jacket then changed hands several times.
“For anyone that adores Clark Gable and Nevada history, it would be a desirable piece to own,” Robin Holabird, former deputy director of the Nevada Film Office, told the Gazette-Journal. “Clark Gable remains a cinematic giant.”
“The Misfits” was shot almost exclusively on location around Reno and nearby Dayton from July to November 1960.
The beige jacket has six metal buttons on the front, two breast pockets and a Lee Westerner manufacturer’s label. Parker’s Western Wear has since gone out of business.