Texas State Historical Society Auction
A Jim Bowie signed document.
By Bruce McKinney
Birthday wishes are in order as the old Texas dame the Texas State Historical Society celebrates its 110th birthday on
March 2nd and stages its Gala and Texana Sale in Austin on March 4th at the Convention Center. This year's gala honors
Bill Hobby for public service, Horton Foote for a career of artistic achievement, Roger Clemens for his achievements on and
off the mound; Clayton Williams for business and First Lady Laura Bush for her achievements on behalf of education. The
Gala is the culmination of the TSHA's annual 3-day meeting.
The auction, which benefits the Society, includes "works of art, books, manuscripts, maps, furniture, dinners & excursions,
and specialty items." This year's auction includes online bidding that has been arranged through the generous support of
Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas. The sale is online at
http://americana.heritagegalleries.com/common/auction/catalog.php?SaleNo=644. Whether you are attending or not
you can directly participate by registering and making bids online at any time up until the live auction begins. A hit
movie, twenty-one years ago, seems to sum up precisely the sale of old material in a thoroughly modern way: Back to the
Future. The sale includes 183 lots. A grace period of six months to pay is also being offered. The link to the auction
details also includes information about signing up to bid online. It will also be possible to bid by phone so long as
arrangements have been made in advance. The highest online bid on each item will be entered as the starting bid in the
Among the lots are items with no reserves right on up to one reserved at $250,000. For that sum you are bidding not for a
piece of history but rather for a place in it. Read on --
Lot 1002. The Texas State Historical Association has been given the opportunity to auction the right of a donor to select
a State approved institution to exhibit for five years the Republic of Texas Legation to Washington, D. C. Papers from the
period 1836 -- 1839, after which the collection will be deposited in the permanent care of the Texas State Library and
Archives Commission. The donor will receive all appropriate recognition for his or her role in securing this Texas treasure
for the benefit of the people of Texas.
There are also included, sprinkled among the lots, an interesting selection of broadsides and ephemera that are modestly
reserved, and in some cases, unreserved. Such material is attractive, displays well and is one of the nicest ways to
experience the collecting of history. Among the ephemera are letters, paper money, printed documents, an engraved Texas
bond, photographs and tintypes, warrants and certificates. There are also maps, paintings, toys, and of course, because no
Texas sale would be complete without them: saddles and spurs.
Texas State Historical Society Auction
An exceptional Texas item - lot 1065.
For those interested in history in the making lot 1163 is a framed pair of letters signed by George H. W. Bush when he
was president of Zapata Off-Shore Company in 1963.
For those who wish to convert their interest into an experience there are many opportunities to bid including: 2 nights
and 3 days with George Jackson in Real de Catorce in Mexico , 2 days and 2 nights with a guide at the Mule Deer Hunt
at the renowned Marvillas Ranch , three nights at Lajitas, the ultimate hideaway, hunt quail at Los Conchos Ranch in
northern Mexico for two days ; or spend 3 days in historic Albany with up to 9 friends, at the Stasney Ranch .
The auctions at the Texas State Historical Society have been important and widely discussed events for many years. Whether
you are in Moscow [Russia or Montana], Cambridge [England or Massachusetts] or Paris [France or Indiana] you can be part of this event.
Log on for a look-see: http://americana.heritagegalleries.com/common/auction/catalog.php?SaleNo=644.