Gala Auction

March 6


The Auction

The Bryan Museum cordially invites you to participate in our online 2021 Gala Silent auction and Live auction featuring a trove of unique and rare art, artifacts, exclusive trips and priceless experiences. The GALA auction will benefit The Bryan Museum’s education and exhibition programs.

The Auction Details

The auction is separated by silent and live auction segments.  For bidding opportunities, visit the online auction catalog. Please see below details on each auction segment:

  • Silent Auction – The 2021 GALA Silent Auction is open and will run through Saturday, March 6 and end at exactly at 7:58 p.m.
  • Live Auction – The 2021 GALA Live Auction will begin right at 8 p.m.
    • If you are not attending in person, you can set up proxy bidding by calling Dallas Bean at (409) 220-3465 or via email at
    • Proxy bidding closes on Friday, March 5 at 10 p.m.

How to Register

In order to bid on the 2021 GALA Auction, you must register through the Online Auction Catalog or through the bidding links below.


Online Auction Catalog

Click to View Catalog

1965 GMC Truck


Don’t miss this chance to own a classic pickup!  “You can set my truck on fire, roll it down a hill, but I still wouldn’t trade it for a Coupe de Ville.” That is a quote from Joe Diffie, the “Pickup Man” This 1965 GMC C1500 can be yours tonight!  Manual 3 speed on the column, 292 inline six w/ Holley 4-barrel carburetor. “Old Blue” was a 1985 “barn find” at the Bryan’s farm in Round Top and has been meticulously restored and cared for since.

The Broadmoor Manor House


This breathtaking 1920s, 12,000-square-foot historic residence features five bedrooms, each with a king or two queen beds and private bath. There are expansive areas for entertaining, including a grand parlor, an opulent dining room for up to 16 guests, and a spacious back lawn and croquet lawn, surrounded by lush, meticulously landscaped gardens.  The Estate House is available for two nights as an exclusive retreat as well as an unforgettable setting for executive meetings, intimate weddings, and family reunions and other hosted events.

Petroglyphs & Stargazing Trip


Embark on a scenic rail journey in a private roomette to Alpine, Texas before spending two extraordinary nights for four at the legendary Gage Hotel in West Texas, lunches and dinners included—and transportation to and from the Alpine train station. Meals aboard the train are also included. Trip includes an excursion to Chalk Draw Ranch where J.P. Bryan will lead a petroglyph tour in the nearby Chisos Mountains and a tour of the constellations in this dark sky heritage area with McDonald Observatory experts.

Private Museum Tour & Dinner


Invite seven friends for an intimate dinner surrounded by Warhols, Russells, and the finest Western art on the Museum’s second floor. Dinner inspired by Texas Heroes and prepared by the Museum’s favorite caterers. Includes wine pairing.

Red Antlers | Kaiser Wilhelm


These exceedingly rare Red Elk Antlers were taken by Alex Baron von Varnbuler in 1892, during a hunt with Kaiser and King of Prussia, Wilhelm II. An irreplaceable royal German artifact and perfect décor for any respectable man cave or gentleman’s library. Mounted on a hand carved plaque by master carver Brad Ham.  This unique item includes lunch for four with J.P. Bryan to learn more of the antlers’ story and provenance.

Stetson | Lancaster/Eisenhower


Two custom Stetson cowboy hats worn and owned by former U. S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and American actor and producer Burt Lancaster can be yours! With this collection, you will possess more than a cowboy hat, but a rather a piece of American and western history. Both Cowboy Hats came from the prestigious Ray Bentley Collection. The factory sweatbands inside the hats are inscribed with the names of their famous owners, a President who became a five-star general in the U.S. Army and served as Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe and an Academy Award winning actor and producer known for playing rough and tough guys with a tender heart. Hat sizes: 7 1/8 – Burt Lancaster Stetson, 7 1/4 – Resistol Eisenhower

Goldendoodle Puppy


Who is not already in love with this little guy? We have been calling him Chino (“Curly” in Spanish).  This sweet male was born on December 17th, 2020 and hails from our friends at Great & Golden in Crockett, Texas. There is no question that he is the best (and cutest!) thing to come out of last year! His mama is a white golden and his papa is a red poodle. He is super loving with a gentle temperament, hypoallergenic and is expected to be about 35-45 lbs. full grown. This sweet pup will be the perfect addition to your family!


Support The Bryan Museum and its programs that engage the public through one of a kind exhibitions, lectures and workshops that connect children, adults, and families to the stories of our shared history.  By supporting any of these causes below you ensure a brighter future for our children!

Old 300 Lifetime Membership -$5,000


As an Old 300 member, you will be recognized on a permanent wall at the Museum, receive premier access to The Bryan Museum’s most meaningful mission activities and opportunities, and will be recognized for your extraordinary commitment to preserving and promoting the history of Texas and the American West.

Free Community Days – $2,500


Your support will allow us to exponentially increase the number of kids and families served who otherwise might not be able to visit the Museum.  These festival days bring history to life with historic reenactors, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, musical performances, outdoor activities and more, all inspiring a love of learning about our shared past in patrons of all ages!

Free Little Library – $1000


The Bryan is committed to increasing a child’s love for history and literacy especially for underserved students who don’t have the luxury of books and educational activities inside their homes. Help us fund the very first free little library at the Bryan and fill it with FREE historian writing journals, history adventure novels and museum activity books for kids to take home and start their home library.

Summer History Camp – $500


Our popular high adventure Summer History Camp is offered each July.  Each camp offers kids a journey through history with hands on experiences combined with creative writing that brings history to life.  Your $500 contribution provides a scholarship for two students this year.

Spanish Translation – $250


In reverence to the Spanish Heritage of our region and the Museum’s collection, support a significant portion of our Texas community and beyond through funding the Spanish translation of our exhibits, visitor materials, and guided adult and youth tours.

Fund a Youth Writer – $100


Inspire a young writer!  Each $100 provides an individualized youth tour of the Museum and professional guidance to write an article for the Bryan Newsletter!