AUSTIN, Texas — A chance for Austinites to buy a piece of history was postponed earlier this summer but now has a new date.
Memorabilia from inside Threadgill's "Old No. 1" was set to be auctioned off on June 27. But, due to Gov. Greg Abbott's health mandates, event organizers decided to reschedule for health and safety reasons.
Now the auction is set to happen on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. The date was chosen to "commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Armadillo World Headquarters on August 7 and 8, 1970," according to auctioneers Burley Auction Gallery.
"What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary than bidding on concert posters, memorabilia and beer signs from [founder] Eddie Wilson’s collection at Threadgill’s?" said auctioneer Robb Burley. "When the new date was suggested, Eddie simply replied 'What are the odds of the 50th Anniversary date being a Friday and Saturday, just like the grand opening? Sounds like the date chose us.'"
The iconic restaurant and live music venue on North Lamar Boulevard permanently closed in April after more than 80 years of business. For sale at the auction will be items like vintage music posters and beer signs and old photos of Janis Joplin, who got her start at Threadgill's.
Limited seating for the live auction at the location on North Lamar must be reserved in advance by calling 830-629-9280 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Live online, phone and absentee bidding will also be available.
Prior to closing its North Lamar location in April, Threadgill's had closed its other location on Riverside Drive in late 2018. The restaurant is part of a growing list of local businesses that have permanently closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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