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UPDATE: Postponed Threadgill’s auction scheduled for Saturday

Deborah Sengupta Stith
A closed sign is on Threadgill's Old No. 1 on Tuesday April 21, 2020.  The restaurant is closing permanently due to the coronavirus pandemic.

UPDATE: The postponed auction of music and memorabilia from Eddie Wilson’s collection is scheduled for Saturday, August 8. The date marks the 50th anniversary of the Armadillo World Headquarter’s grand opening.

Information on how to attend the event live or bid online or by phone is available at burleyauction.com.

UPDATE: An auction of Eddie Wilson’s music memorabilia and more scheduled for Saturday at Threadgill’s has been postponed “for the health and safety of customers and employees, and due to Governor Abbott’s health mandate,” a press release about the event said.

A new auction date has not been set.

EARLIER: Facing an uncertain future amid the coronavirus pandemic, Threadgill’s owner Eddie Wilson decided to permanently shutter his historic restaurant on North Lamar Boulevard in April.

On Saturday, Wilson’s extensive collection of Austin music memorabilia and more will go to auction in a live event at the restaurant that kicks off at 10 a.m.

Items up for bid include original Janis Joplin photographs, Kenneth Threadgill’s platinum “Honeysuckle Rose” album that he was presented for his work with Willie Nelson, a collection of vintage Texas beer signs and Armadillo World Headquarters and Vulcan Gas Co. concert posters by the Armadillo Art Squad.

On Monday, auctioneer Robb Burley said his entire crew will be tested for COVID-19 on Thursday prior to the sale. All attendees and employees will be required to wear masks, temperatures will be taken at the door with a no touch laser thermometer and hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the restaurant.

“We encourage social distancing, but it is a small space,” Burley said.

There will be limited seating that must be reserved in advance.

Folks who would prefer to attend the event virtually can bid live through online catalog available at BurleyAuction.com. Phone and absentee bidding are also available by calling 830-629-9280 in advance to pre-register.