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2010 Auction

From the Winter Riding Line 2010

The Association’s 114th Annual Meeting on March 4–6, 2010 in Dallas at the Marriott Quorum Hotel will reintroduce some time honored traditions. After a six year absence, the Live Auction will return with J. P. Bryan as auctioneer. He and the Live Auction committee, Ted Lusher and Jack Davis, have gathered an array of items for the Live Auction. Some have come from the personal collections of John Nau, Ted Lusher, Al Lowman, Michael Heaston, and J. P. Bryan. Countless friends of the Association have been instrumental in acquiring significant collectibles.

 Five pieces of art will be offered, including one of the earliest and finest works of pre-Civil War Early Texas Art still in private hands. Guenther’s Mill on Live Oak Creek, by Hermann Lungkwitz, was commissioned in 1855 by the mill’s owner, Hilmar Guenther, and passed down in the Guenther family for 155 years. Additional fi ne Texas paintings will appeal to art collectors and Texas History enthusiasts. Unique excursions will go to the highest bidders. Bid on a week-long stay in Salornay-sur-Guye, France, a hunting trip to J. P. Bryan’s Maravillas Ranch near Marathon with a variety of Texas game, and another hunting trip to John Nau’s Nine Point Mesa Ranch in Brewster County, just north of Big Bend.

 A large number of rare books, maps and other collectibles will comprise the balance of items. The keystone of the auction books will be from the H. Bailey Carroll Collection. Dr. Carroll served as director of the Association from 1946–1966. In addition to numerous first editions of rare books inscribed to him, the collection includes out of print books written or edited by Dr. Carroll, and many of his own acquisitions of rare Texas books. Proceeds from the Carroll Collection will help fund the H. Bailey Carroll Award, given annually for the best article to appear in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

The Live Auction Preview Party will begin at 4:00 pm with the customary refreshments to enliven the spirits of the attendees. J. P. Bryan will start the bidding at 5:00 pm. With members of the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society members assisting. Perhaps the excitement at the Live Auction of 2010 will rival that in 1948 when Dr. Carroll led the Association. In addition to onsite bidding, telephone bids will be accepted. A complete catalogue and information on bidding is available at www.


From the Spring Riding Line 2010

The most highly anticipated events of the meeting were the Live Auction and the Silent Auction. J. P. Bryan and the Auction Committee members, D. Jack Davis and Ted Lusher, gathered an outstanding group of collectibles. The excitement in the room was palpable as the Live Auction, dedicated to former director H. Bailey Carroll, began with Webb Society students assisting to showcase the 52 ots. In his role as auctioneer, J. P. Bryan coaxed high bids from the audience and those placing bids by telephone. He ended by taking bids for the auction gavel in memory of Jenkins Garrett, a long-time supporter of the Auction Fundraiser. After the last “SOLD!” was pronounced, the proceeds from both Auctions totaled $120,000. The Association is grateful to all who were instrumental in the acquisition of auction items and especially to the Auction Committee, Al Lowman, Michael Heaston, Speed Carroll, Michael Vinson, and the family of George Frost Murphy Jr., and to Heritage Auction Galleries for printing the auction catalog.