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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

April 30, 2012

LBJ, Lady Bird Memorabilia Auction

Presidential memorabilia, gifts and personal items that belonged to Lyndon Baines and Lady Bird Johnson will be auctioned in Dallas on May 12 for the benefit of The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Heritage Auctions will host the charitable auction in honor of the centennial of Lady Bird Johnson’s birth. The Johnson memorabilia will be sold starting at 1 p.m. that Saturday as part of an Americana collection in Heritage’s 1st Floor Auction Room at their 3500 Maple Ave. location.

“We are incredibly grateful for this auction of historical items on behalf of the Wildflower Center,” said Susan Rieff, the center’s executive director. “The center is a self-sustaining unit of the university, and the auction will help us in fulfilling our mission of increasing the sustainable use and conservation of wildflowers and other native plants.”

The memorabilia includes a Tiffany world desk clock given to LBJ, a gold Cartier  “Woman of the Year” pin given to Lady Bird by Ladies Home Journal, medallions such as an 1850s Indian Peace Medal, paintings, figurines, charm bracelets, cufflinks and more.

Among the personal items are: Steuben crystal eagles LBJ kept in the Johnsons’ bedroom at the LBJ Ranch, a Staffordshire figurine of Mother Hubbard from Lady Bird’s bedroom in Austin, a book of poems about plants by Percy Bysshe Shelley containing Lady Bird’s signature, and four crystal birds with Lady Bird engraved on them that LBJ purchased overseas for her in 1963.

The Johnson memorabilia has been appraised by Attal Appraisal Service in Austin, Texas. The 123 lots will each come with a certificate of authenticity from Lynda Johnson Robb, the Johnsons’ older daughter. They can be viewed online at the URL HA.com/6086 (entering the word “Johnson” in the search engine) for pre-bidding and live auction bid approaches described below.

The bidding options besides in-person are: bidding by phone during the live auction, arranged in advance up to noon CT, Friday, May 11, at the Heritage Client Service Line 866-835-3243; bidding live on a computer or smart phone during the auction at HA.com/Live; bidding over the internet at the HA.com/6086 URL until 10 p.m. CT, Friday, May 11; submitting fax bids by noon CT, Friday, May 11, to 214-409-1425; and mailing bids in to arrive by Friday, May 11.

Each lot’s sales price is finalized as it is auctioned, taking into consideration all bids. All auction proceeds will benefit the Wildflower Center in Austin that Mrs. Johnson co-founded in 1982. For more information about Lady Bird Johnson and the centennial, visit: http://www.ladybirdjohnson.org. 

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