Austin’s Thread­g­ill’s auc­tion­ing off posters and mem­o­ra­bilia

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - ZEST - By An­drew Dansby STAFF WRITER Bur­ley Auc­tion an­[email protected]

The beloved Thread­g­ill’s World Head­quar­ters on River­side in Austin will close its doors on Sun­day, af­ter more than 20 years of serv­ing chicken fried steak. The older Thread­g­ill’s on North Lamar — which be­gan life as a fill­ing sta­tion and bar in the 1930s be­fore be­com­ing an iconic live-mu­sic spot in the ’70s — will re­main in busi­ness.

Though the River­side Thread­g­ill’s lacks its sib­ling’s his­toric rev­er­ence, it still has deep ties to the past. Ed­die Wil­son, owner of the sto­ried Ar­madillo World Head­quar­ters, bought Thread­g­ill’s in 1980 af­ter the Ar­madillo closed. In 1996, Wil­son opened Thread­g­ill’s World Head­quar­ters on River­side ad­ja­cent to the orig­i­nal Ar­madillo. The north­ern venue rep­re­sented Austin of the 1930s through ’60s, and TWH was ded­i­cated to Austin as it be­came “the live mu­sic cap­i­tal of the world.”

So the venue’s dé­cor was in­deli­bly Austin-cen­tric. And that dé­cor will be auc­tioned off Sat­ur­day.

Bur­ley Auc­tion will host the event, which in­cludes con­cert posters from Ar­madillo World Head­quar­ters, neon beer signs, orig­i­nal art, pho­to­graphs and other ephemera.

The trea­sures in­clude: a signed Ja­nis Jo­plin photo; a paint­ing of Jim­mie Dale Gil­more; a Fab­u­lous Furry Freak Broth­ers car­toon; posters from Bruce Spring­steen’s 1974 show at the Ar­madillo; posters signed by Wil­lie Nel­son and Kinky Fried­man.

An auc­tion pre­view runs noon to 6 p.m. Fri­day, and the auc­tion be­gins at 10 a.m. Sat­ur­day at Thread­g­ill’s World Head­quar­ters, 301 W. River­side.

You can pre­view some of the items on Hous­tonChron­i­cle.com.

Thread­g­ill’s World Head­quar­ters on River­side in Austin will close its doors on Sun­day. Its mem­o­ra­bilia will be auc­tioned off next week­end.

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