Eddie Wilson’s Armadillo World Headquarters & Threadgill’s Collection auction is probably the biggest collection of such art and collectibles being publicly offered in many years. Eddie is selling off his huge trove of posters from the Armadillo era, plus beer signs dating back almost to the Civil War… signed photos, cosmic cowboy stuff, large & small.
All this, plus the biggest item in the auction, the Wilson family piano which Eddie’s mother, Beulah, bought so he could grow up to be a… yes, famous classic pianist. Instead, Eddie founded the ‘Dillo, Raw Deal and the reinvention of Threadgill’s music diners, and Beulah’s piano got pounded by guys like Fats Domino, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Floyd Domino, Dave Brubeck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Marcia Ball, Bill Evans, Donald Fagen, Mose Allison, Randy Newman, Earl Poole Ball, and so on.
The auction catalog is being finalized as I write this, so watch this space for more updates and details on individual items. For now, you can view items on the Burley Auction site, but soon you’ll be able to get the details on each thing being offered. See my daily blog posts & other blurbs in the social media jungle for more vignettes on this collection of Austin Music History.
Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings… check. Jim Franklin, Commander Cody, Bruce Springsteen… check… it’s all there… the very roots of Austin becoming the Live Music Capital of the World, so-called.
By the way, KVUE-TV did an interview with Eddie, which was nice, even though I found it slightly hilarious that they neglected to mention the actual date of the auction, the place, or a URL where the average person might find more info about it and actually participate in this event. Then all the other social media sites picked up the story, added a photo or two, and again, neglected to actually provide any useful information. But here at Jesse Sublett’s Little Black Book, we’re fixing that. The auction is at Burley Auction Gallery, New Braunfels. Make plans to attend, or take your shot online.
- Burley Auction Gallery, 134 Deborah Drive, New Braunfels, TX
- Preview: Friday Jan. 16, Noon-6:00 & Sat. 8:00AM-10:00AM
- Auction starts at 10 AM Sat. Jan. 17.