Deep in the Art of Texas

If you have any questions about our fantastic live and silent auction items, please contact Mary Lou Hollender, Director of Development at (409) 220‑3223.

If you would like to bid by proxy for any of our live or silent auction items, please contact Mary Lou with your maximum bid before the auction begins. If your maximum amount is not reached, but other bidders give up, then the proxy bidder only pays the last bid amount, not his/her maximum price.

All auction winners must pay and arrange shipping within 14 days of purchase. All purchases are final.

Live Auction Items


1937 Ford Phaeton

Your neighbors will snap their necks as you drive by in this stunning 1937 Ford Phaeton Convertible. Fewer than 4,000 were produced, making this a sought-after model for the true connoisseur. With a V8 engine under the hood, this car is both classic and fun to drive. Painted a luxurious Texas A&M maroon with a wonderfully appointed interior, the engine delivers a hearty hot-rod rumble. Models such as these sell for $45,000-$60,000. Unique to the Phaeton, the molding at the top of each front door curves inward to meet the dashboard in one continuous, speedboat sweep. This faithfully restored model belongs in your driveway!

Donated by: J.P. Bryan

Sea Island, Georgia Package

Enjoy an incredible two night getaway for two at The Cloister or The Lodge at Sea Island! Spend the afternoon playing golf on Seaside, and end the evening with 60-minute Southern Comfort massages at the Spa at Sea Island. Round-trip airfare included.

Donated by: Broadmoor Hotel

English Springer Spaniel

Take home an adorable English Springer Spaniel puppy from the same breeder as “Chalk,” J.P. Bryan’s beloved dog. This Chalk look-alike, an adorable 3-month old pup, will be at the Gala and will respond to your whistle! Bred by world famous English dog breeder and trainer, Rachel Allenby.

Donated by: Rachel Allenby

Birds Galore at Chalk Draw Ranch & Gage Hotel Accommodations for 4 people

Bring three friends to hunt and play in the last frontier of Texas, the Big Bend region. Hunt for doves, quail, pheasant, chicken, and pigeon with renowned guide Joe Lewis. Accommodations provided at the Gage Hotel and Chalk Draw Ranch. Flights to Midland or Lajitas Airport included, as are guns, shells, and hunting gear. Bring your dog! Two dinners and lunches are also included.

Donated by: J.P. Bryan

Red Elk Antlers

This exceedingly rare pair of Red Elk Antler Hunting Trophy were taken by Alex Baron von Varnbuler in 1892, during a hunt with Kaiser Wilhelm II. Hanging from the mount is the actual hunting horn used during the famous hunt—and Varnbuler’s sword.

Donated by: J.P. Bryan

Golf Extravaganza

Bring your favorite golf buddy, and join J.P. Bryan and a mystery golfer on a three-day Golf Extravaganza to Shinnecock, home to the 2018 US Open, and the National Golf Links of America. Enjoy lunch at Shinnecock’s Clubhouse, and reside in a beautiful Southampton residence for two nights. Round-trip air to New York included.

Donated by: J.P. Bryan

Original Artwork by Susan Riley

San Antonio artist Susan Riley is well known for transforming historic photographs into beautiful works of art. Grace your walls with her Sitting Bull of the Sioux Nation, hand painted from The Bryan Museum’s original 1884 albumen photograph and decorated with thousands of glass seed beads all meticulously applied by hand.

Donated by: Alicia Bryan

Silent Auction Items

Private Bryan Museum Tour & Lunch for Eight

Enjoy an exclusive tour of The Bryan Museum for eight with beloved founder and legend in his own time, J.P. Bryan. Tour includes the Museum galleries, historic orphanage, and the beautiful gardens. Wind up at Galveston’s famed Artillery Club for delicious food and great conversation!


Donated by: J.P. Bryan

An Evening with Luke Frazier, Wildlife Painter
for 6 people

Start the evening with wine and cheese at the Fama Fine Art Gallery in Houston where several Frazier originals will be on display. The artist will give a talk relating to his life and art. Finish the evening with drinks and dinner at the Briar Club with Mr. Frazier and hosts Cheri and Alan Fama and Russell and Jolyn Scheirman. Includes a signed print by Luke Frazier.

Donated by: Alan Fama

Fredonia Hotel Stay in Nacogdoches

The Fredonia Hotel invites you to enjoy timeless luxury in historic Nacogdoches, TX. Plush, elegant and vibrant, this newly renovated boutique offers a unique and intimate experience that will not only enhance your stay in Nacogdoches but become the reason you want to come back. While there, don’t miss Millard’s Crossing, the only historic village in the oldest town in Texas!

Donated by: Fredonia Hotel

Labrador Puppy

Sweet, adorable, smart, and a gifted hunter all in one thoroughbred package. The perfect family pet and man’s best friend, this is one special dog! She comes with pedigree papers and her own crate. Take her home, it will be a lifetime love affair!

Donated by: Cherry & Scott Morris

The Broadmoor Package

Enjoy a two-night stay at the exquisite and historic Broadmoor Hotel where luxury and pampering are the order of the day! Includes One 80-minute spa treatment for two and a round of golf for two on Broadmoor’s scenic award winning course. Roundtrip airfare included.

Donated by: Broadmoor Hotel

The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley

Retreat for a night to the Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley for an all-inclusive Colorado Style adventure. Voted one of the top 10 resorts in the US by Conde Nast Traveler, this 5-star lodge is surrounded by the Pike National Forest where you can enjoy hiking and activities galore! Roundtrip airfare included.

Donated by: Broadmoor Hotel

$5,500.00 Gift Certificate to Clint Orms Engravers & Silversmiths

Clint Orms’ work tells stories of achievement, heritage, family, and Western tradition through intricate detail and fastidious precision. Every piece Mr. Orms creates bears the name of a Texas County and each item is a treasured masterpiece destined to be handed down for generations.

Donated by: Roxie & Clint Orms

Lake Austin Spa Package

Create memories of a lifetime at the edge of the Hill Country! In a private oasis on the banks of serene Lake Austin, enjoy two nights in luxurious lakefront accommodations. All spa and personal instruction classes are included, as are 3 healthy gourmet meals. Don’t let this getaway pass you by.

Donated by: Mayes & Macy Middleton

San Miguel Casa Abrazos

One week at the two-bedroom Casa Abrazos, an exquisite historic casa a short stroll from the Jardin in San Miguel Allende. Filled with soaring boveda ceilings, antique doors, and all the amenities—complete with incredible antiques and artwork. Magnificent views of town and the hills from your private rooftop terrace. Breakfast is included, as are two cell phones to stay in touch with the lucky friends you’ve invited on this holiday!

Donated by: Donna & Jim Vining

Grand Evening, Galveston
for 4 people

Enjoy an evening of fine dining at the renowned Rudy and Paco’s Restaurant, be entertained at the historic Grand 1894 Opera House, and then retreat to the luxury of the Hotel Galvez or Tremont House. Package includes dinner for four, four $50 gift certificates to the 1894 Grand Opera House, and two one-night hotel certificates.

Donated by: Hotel Galvez, Rudy and Paco's, & The 1894 Grand Opera

"Prairie Evening"

“Prairie Evening,” a coastal marsh scene, is an original oil on canvas, painted by well known Galveston artist, Rene Wiley. This beautiful painting sells in the gallery for $1750 and has the dimensions of 16 x 20 x 1 ½.

Donated by: Ben Wiley

Tour of John L. Nau, III’s Civil War era collection

What better way to spend a few hours than on a private tour with our honoree, John L. Nau, III, of his amazing collection of Civil War-era letters, swords and guns on display throughout the headquarters of Silver Eagle Distributors in Houston? Includes lunch with John at one of his favorite local restaurants.

Donated by: John L. Nau, III

Master Carver, W.M. Churchill’s Sculpture in Wood of a Trail Drive Era Saddle

Don’t miss your chance to own a one of a kind wooden masterpiece from renowned sculptor, W.M. Churchill. This ¾ seat trail drive era saddle sculpture will evoke times gone by on the range and enhance any room it resides in!

Donated by: Bruce & Julianne Bartlett

Lifetime Membership to Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, Las Vegas

Front Sight teaches the most proven techniques, delivered in the most efficient manner, by a select group of firearms trainers. Highly personalized instruction with the world's top gun instructors. Whether it’s your first firearm, or you have handled firearms for years, Front Sight has the instruction for you. All classes included with membership.

Donated by: Mike & Casey Rouser

Handcrafted 1911-inch pistol by Dave Gregor

This handcrafted 1911-inch .45 ACP features a hand fit slide and frame, fitted match 5” barrel, polished wood grips, and more. It has an elegant stainless polish and comes with one magazine. With 30 years of experience, Dave Gregor has developed skills used daily to build custom, handcrafted firearms that are functional works of art. Each one special and unique.

Donated by: Dave Gregor, US Trinity Custom

Rockets Tickets!

Don’t miss your chance to cheer on Houston’s pride and joy, the Rockets, up close! Watch them play the Golden State Warriors. Package includes two mid court seats (row 16), Golden Nugget lounge access, and free Tundra Garage parking. Game day is Nov. 15th and tip-off is 7:00 PM.

Donated by: Joe & Rebecca Jaworski

Professional photo of Zebras Standing Guard by Jeannie Purcell

This beautiful photograph was taken in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, East Africa, in 2012. It captures zebras as they are grouped in their typical fashion, scanning all directions for predators. It comes to you framed and matted.

Donated by: Jenny Purcell

Two Bedroom Galvestonian Condo

Bid on this jewel of a package including two nights in a well-appointed 2 bedroom/two bathroom condo with expansive views of East Beach and a $200.00 gift card to spend at the outstanding Rudy & Paco’s Restaurant. You will enjoy easy beach access, a beautiful pool, lighted tennis courts, firepit, exemplary 24-hour service, and more!

Donated by: Trey Click & Barbara Short

For additional information, please call Mary Lou Hollender, Director of Development, at (409) 220‑3223 or marylou@thebryanmuseum.org.