PHOTOS: Darrell Royal auctions personal Longhorn memorabilia



Posted on October 29, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 2:38 AM

AUSTIN -- Three longtime Texans will soon place memorabilia and antiques from their private collections up for auction.

Those Texans are former University of Texas football coach Darrell K. and Mrs. Edith Royal and The Oasis Restaurant owner Beau Theriot.

Royal, known to many as simply “The Coach,” is the winningest coach in the University of Texas Longhorn history serving from 1957-1976. He and his wife Edith have been together for more than 65 years.

According to a press release about the auction, Mrs. Royal said that she and her husband treasure all of the awards and mementos being offered at auction but have found a need to downsize. “I’m hoping that Darrell’s fans will be the ones that purchase the UT things, and they will treasure them like we have. I love the memories – it was fun to rediscover them.”

The Royal collection contains sports memorabilia including University of Texas championship rings, signed footballs, vintage programs and signed photos. It also includes three rare Apollo moon flags, originally presented to Mr. and Mrs. Royal as gifts by the lunar astronauts. The highlight of the Royal Collection is a Texas flag carried to the moon on the 1972 Apollo 16 moon mission, signed by astronauts Charles Duke, John Young, and Ken Mattingly. Included is a photo of Charles Duke with arm outstretched and note to Darrell Royal.

The Theriot collection is comprised of antiques and artifacts personally collected from around the world by restaurateur, designer and builder Beau Theriot.

“For the last 40 years, I have been an incurable collector and I’ve never bought anything that I did not want myself,” Theriot said. “If I’m going to keep collecting, it is time to let other people enjoy these beautiful things.”

His collection contains fine antiques and home décor. It also boasts a Western painting entitled, "The Bank Robber," by Gary Lynn Roberts (Texas, Montana, b. 1953). The painting is the only surviving piece of art from a fire that consumed the original Oasis restaurant in 2005. Other highlights include a Continental Baroque cabinet, 18th c., a selection of Maitland-Smith furniture and lighting, and a pair of cloisonné enamel palace urns that head a large group of Chinese antiques.

Austin Auction Gallery will host the auction on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at 8414 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX, 78729. If you cannot attend the auction absentee and telephone bidding are available with a 15 percent buyer’s premium. Live online and absentee bidding is also available via Live Auctioneers, with an 18 percent buyer’s premium. 

For more information on any lot in the auction please visit (items start on page five) or contact the gallery directly at 512-258-5479. Ross Featherston, #8069.

A portion of the proceeds from both collections will be donated to the DKR Alzheimer’s Research Fund.