‘A Christmas Story’ museum gets Red Ryder gun from movie

In this image released on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, Museum owner Brian Jones holds the Red Ryder BB Gun used in the movie at A Christmas Story House and Museum in Cleveland. The Museum has recently acquired the movie prop and added it to their collection. (Jason Miller/AP Images for A Christmas Story House and Museum)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A museum dedicated to “A Christmas Story” has acquired the holy grail of movie memorabilia: a Red Ryder BB gun wielded by Ralphie in the beloved holiday film.

The Cleveland house where exteriors for the 1983 movie were shot already draws thousands of tourists year round. Now visitors to the adjacent museum will get to lay eyes on the Christmas gift Ralphie longed for most of all: the “Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time.”

Brian Jones, the owner of the house and museum, paid $10,000 for it on an Internet auction site. It was one of six special models produced for the movie by Daisy, the company that makes Red Ryder guns.

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