A local auction gallery will host a live auction on Saturday featuring items discovered during a 2008 dig of the Alamo.
Plans are for the Burley Auction Gallery to hold the auction of the Alamo relics and Republic of Texas documents beginning at 10 a.m. at its gallery located at 134 Debora Dr. in New Braunfels.
Auction participants can bid on items such as cannonballs, spearheads, bullets, and other items found by excavators during the 2008 project just outside the Alamo’s north wall.
The auction also includes historic items from Confederate Civil War General PGT Beauregard, including family photographs and portraits, documents, signatures and books.
According to Robb Burley, owner of the auction house specializing in Western Americana and Texana items, one of the most distinctive items is a letter about a cholera outbreak, something he found particularly poignant during the pandemic. current world.
“It’s just a great symbol of how history reminds us of our human relationships over time,” Burley said. “It’s one of the reasons I consider it an honor to stand in front of heritage items such as Texana and Americana memorabilia – you truly feel a kinship with the original owners and the story behind each object.”
Bidders can also compete for a collection of Confederate Civil War firearms, Bowie knives, old Colt Single Actions and Winchester rifles, a collection of modern weapons and ammunition, gold coins and silver, antique American furniture and pottery from Pennsylvania, an 18th century Chippendale chest. , a 1780s Philadelphia painted grandfather clock, painted antique furniture, tin cabinets and dry sinks, Texas furniture, Texas art and pottery, various signs and even a Model T Ford from 1926 fully restored with push button start.
Due to COVID-19 crowd size restrictions, auction organizers will be arranging seating to promote social distancing for those attending the live event. Masks and hand sanitizer will also be available.
Those unable to attend can use the live internet auctions available via icollector.comor by telephone and by purchase order.
Potential bidders can find details on www.burleyauction.com.