From the Riding Line Winter 2011
Going once! Going twice! The Live Auction of Texana will be held on March 4 as part of the 115th Annual Meeting in El Paso. Co-auctioneers Lonn Taylor and Light Cummins will be ready to take bids on a wide range of items. Auction committee chair Ted Lusher and committee members J. P. Bryan and D. Jack Davis have gathered an outstanding collection of auction pieces. Some have come from the personal collections of H. Bailey Carroll, Al Lowman, and George F.Murphy Jr. The Association is indebted to them and to the many friends of TSHA who have been instrumental in acquiring the Live Auction items.
In an effort to give everyone a chance to afford great Texana collectibles, most opening bids will be moderately priced. This is an opportunity for Texans to own original pieces of Texas history, while also helping the Association, as proceeds will directly benefit TSHA programs. In addition to the items pictured, pieces available for bidding will include:
- A Pictorial History of the Texas Rangers compiled by Chas. Schreiner III. • Reproduction of “Bronco Buster,” desk size. Frederic Remington’s first bronze sculpture.
- The El Paso Salt War of 1877 by C. L. Sonnichsen. Illustrations by José Cisneros and typography by Carl Hertzog. Inscribed to H. Bailey Carroll by Hertzog, Sonnichsen, and Cisneros. First edition, first state.
- Daughter of the Tejas by Ophelia Ray, ghost written by Larry McMurtry and signed by him as Ophelia Ray.
- The Quirt and the Spur by Edgar Rye. Includes original receipt from Dudley R. Dobie.
- Mexico and Texas 1821–1835 by Eugene C. Barker.
As a seasoned Texas auctioneer, Lonn Taylor claims, “This auction will be the hottest thing in El Paso since the Revolution.” Not to be outdone, his co-auctioneer, Texas State Historian Light Cummins advises, “Bid yourself to attend the TSHA Live Auction for a grand time!” Taking place in the famed Dome Bar of the Camino Real Hotel, the event promises to be entertaining for bidders and bystanders alike. Preview items for the Live Auction in the online catalogue available by February 3 and at the Annual Meeting. Join fellow bidders at the Live Auction Preview Party at 4:00 p.m. in the Dome Bar with the customary refreshments. Bidding will begin at 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time. In addition to onsite bidding, telephone and proxy bids will also be accepted. A complete catalogue and information on bidding will be available online at www.TSHAonline.org and mailed by request.
Traditionally a highlight of the Annual Meeting, this year’s Silent Auction of Books and Texana will consist of books, artwork, maps, documents, and destination packages. Items from the collections of Al Lowman, Richard Morrison, H. Bailey Carroll, George F. Murphy Jr., and Frank W. Jennings will join donations from the Association’s generous friends in comprising a terrific selection. A few key offerings include:
- Autographed copy of Decision Points by President George W. Bush.
- El Paso: A Borderlands History by W. H. Timmons, signed by the author.
- Several local county histories, including: Irion Fisher, Motley, Donley, Reagan, Schliecher, and Freestone Counties.
- Signed prints by Tom Lea.
Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on March 3, the Silent Auction will conclude on March 4 at 6: 30 p.m., enabling those who may have been outbid in the Live Auction to make a final bid in the Silent Auction. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will directly benefit TSHA programs.