No matter what you drive to New Braunfels on the Saturday after the Super Bowl, you could — if you’ve deep, deep pockets — drive back just like a country music legend.
Merle Haggard’s tour bus (a 2008 MCI J4500, if you know enough about buses for that to mean something to you) will be up for auction on Feb. 10 at Burley Auction Gallery.
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Merle Haggard sits on his bus with Fanny Mae before performing at the Stagecoach Music Festival in 2010.Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times
The bus was named by Haggard the "Santa Fe Super Chief," and you should like the name if you’re going to bid, because he put it all over the bus. The bus does include a master bedroom, a kitchenette, four bunks, a lounge area and a vintage Santa Fe train horn for greeting your adoring fans (or scaring the hell out of anyone who cuts you off).
The bus has been featured in smaller auctions in 2015 and last summer, but hasn’t found the right buyer yet. Robb Burley, owner of Burley Auction Gallery, isn’t worried. "The bus is going to sell Feb. 10th," he said in an email.
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Burley Auction is no stranger to selling pieces of music history. In 2015 they had a packed house as Eddie Wilson parted with much of his Armadillo World Headquarters memorabilia. And before that, Burley sold off items from the Roy Rogers & Dale Evans museum collection.
Burley often features Western Americana items, and much of the Feb. 10 auction will be devoted to antique and historic guns, including the Winchester collection of the late Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson.]]