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    July 29, 2014

    Johnny Manziel Autographed Jersey Expected to Fetch $100K

    I'm not quite sure where the whole Johnny Manziel train is headed. All indications lately seem to be that it's on course for a fiery football pile-up once Manziel finally takes the field in an actual NFL game against a team with different-colored jerseys. There have been reports of Cleveland's bras ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014
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    April 8, 2014

    Houston Bands Together to Aid Woman Injured at SXSW

    On March 13, pastry chef Gracie Nguyen, 23, was badly injured in the crash at the SXSW music festival in Austin that left four people dead and another 21 people hurt. Nguyen was in the hospital in Austin for about a week, until she was able to be moved out of the ICU and back to Houston for rehabili ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014
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    November 7, 2013

    JFK' Rice Hotel Sailship Doodle: Yours For (At Least) $13,800

    In case you hadn't heard yet this month -- and if not, you will hear it a lot in the next couple of weeks -- John Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago. The night before he met his fate in Dallas, he was in Houston and stayed at what was then the Rice Hotel ("Houston's Welcome to the World" was its ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    More JFK Assassination "Swag" Hits the Auction Block as Anniversary Approaches

    We're rolling up on the 50th anniversary of the assassination, so of course everyone in possession of items with any tie whatsoever to the death of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, is coming out of the woodwork and popping their stuff up on the auction block. We all know about the in ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    Another Auction from This Time Targets Aggies

    You have to admire the folks at They are creative in getting people to buy vanity license plates and since the money goes to charity most of the time, it's a win-win. The last time around, they auctioned off their most expensive vanity plate yet: HOUSTON. This time, it's Texas A&M's tu ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Gladys House, Fourth Ward activist, pays her tax bill (swears revenge)

    Last week, Gladys House had every reason to think she was about to see her property auctioned off for failure to pay her taxes, before someone swooped in to loan her the money. "I always felt like it was going to be all right. I just didn't know how it would happen," House said. Linebarger Gogga ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Fourth Ward Activist's Property to Be Auctioned Off Tuesday

    Death and taxes are the only certainties in life, but in the case of Gladys House, the actual tax bill has been a question she's been wrestling with since the late 1990s. House is a longtime Fourth Ward activist and head of the Freedmen's Town Association who has fought for years to preserve the ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Tales From The Gilded Age: Auto Dealer Pays $25k to Put HOUSTON on His Hunting Truck's License Plate

    There are those moments when you think you've seen every cliché there is to see and then the owner of a car dealership in Houston pays $25,000 for the right to put the word HOUSTON on his hunting truck and you're right back to square one. That's what happened on Friday when the Great License Plate ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012
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    December 11, 2012

    DYNAMO Second Vanity Plate to Be Auctioned Off in 2013

    A couple weeks back, we learned that the Great Plate Auction of 2013 would feature HOUSTON as its primary vanity license plate for auction. We also learned that Dallas had a similar auction last year and sold FERRARI for $15,000. Of course that is what Dallas did. The second of ten plates to be auc ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    CultureMap's Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette Party PR Dissected

    "What do a neuroscientist, a chocolatier and a private flight attendant have in common?" asks a release from CultureMap. I know there's a punch line in there somewhere, but, in this case, the line isn't a joke, but a teaser for CultureMap's charity event where attendees, for $35, can bid on a "'mini ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Want HOUSTON as Your Custom License Plate? Prepare to Pony Up

    The state of Texas over the past few years has created all kinds of business, school, sports team and charity-themed license plates. I even suggested some businesses that might consider nabbing a plate of their own a while back. But, what if you want to take your personalized plate even further? Her ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    All-Day Fundraiser Today at Liberty Kitchen for Injured Bartender David Brown

    On Thursday, September 13, Liberty Kitchen bartender David Brown was riding his bicycle -- his main means of transportation -- down a busy stretch of Studemont that crosses White Oak Bayou when he lost his balance and plummeted 40 feet over the railing into the bayou below. Luckily for Brown, the r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Clay Walker, Percy Sledge Sing to Help Fight MS

    "Welcome to Texas, y'all," mimicked the auctioneer at the Clay Walker Gala, held Thursday evening at the House of Blues. The auctioneer, a New Yorker, said he knew he landed in Houston by the sound of the stewardess' recognizable Southern twang. A stereotypical assumption, but all in good fun. Th ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    March 23, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Crawfish Across Houston

    It's high crawfish season in Houston, with a slew of different boils coming up to satisfy all your head-sucking pursuits. But first, you don't want to miss this weekend's big charity event: Kicking Cancer's Ass. The fundraiser dinner will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at Ralph Smi ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012
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    February 23, 2012

    App of the Week: Tophatter

    A few weeks ago, a friend of mine alerted me to a Web site called Tophatter where she had started selling her photos, suggesting I might consider doing the same. Before I could take a look, it was explained to me that Tophatter was a live auction Web site for selling handmade or vintage goods market ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    Meat Market: Sorry State

    Slim pickings at an East Texas cattle auction point to a grim future for the industry.

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    January 19, 2012
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    January 11, 2012

    Chris Gray Day: Auction Items and a Special Deal from Live Nation

    With the Chris Gray benefit just a few days away, news is flying fast and furious. We told you yesterday about the addition of Hayes Carll to the artist line up and gave you a rundown of every artist on the bill. Today, we have news from Live Nation. Live Nation has donated two box seats including ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011
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    October 18, 2011

    Rebecca Masson and Friends Raise Money for Lucky Dog Rescue in a Sweet Way

    Masson's course of pistachio pound cake with candied fennel was my favorite of the night.​"This is confusing the hell out of my palate, and I'm loving it!" joked Eater Houston editor Amber Ambrose to my right on Sunday night. We were polishing off pastry chef Chris Leung's dessert course of s ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011
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    July 22, 2011

    Hey, Wanna Buy a (Notorious) Prison?

    Bad memories included​If you've ever wanted to own a prison, now's your chance: The city of Littlefield is auctioning off the Bill Clayton Detention Center, abandoned by the GEO Group, a private prison operator with a troubled history in Texas. The Florida-based GEO pulled out after the son o ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    The Most Bizarre Music Memorabilia Ever Auctioned Off

    michaeljacksonfuneral.orgNote: Not the actual million-dollar jacket.​Have you ever worked in a souvenir store, memorabilia outlet or run an online auction? If so, odds are you have developed a venal, burning hatred for collectors. Rocks Off isn't going to mince words: collectors are some of t ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    The 2011 Best Bites and Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

    Photos by GroovehouseFor more photos from Best Bites, visit our slideshow.​The 2011 Rodeo season has officially kicked off -- at least as far as food and wine lovers are concerned -- with the announcement of this year's top winners of the annual International Wine Competition. Last night at t ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    H.A. McArdle: Long-Lost Battle Of San Jacinto Painting Found In A West Virginia Attic

    Found in an attic​Anyone who's visited the Texas capitol in Austin has seen the epic painting depicting the Battle of San Jacinto, where Sam Houston whipped up on the Mexican Army.There was a smaller, slightly different version of it by the artist, H.A. McArdle, but he kept it after a commission p ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Silent Auction To Benefit Gulf Fishermen: Foodie Goodies For Sale

    ​Even if you aren't attending the upcoming Ceviche Throwdown, you can still help with the Houston Chowhounds' goal of raising $15,000 to support local Gulf fishermen in the wake of the BP oil spill and ensuing environmental disaster. An online silent auction, organized by head 'Hound Jenny Wan ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    You Think Today's NASA Mission Posters Are Lame?

    Photos courtesy Bonhams​A while back, there was some general web guffawing over what was perceived as NASA's lame mission posters, which have trended towards spoofing popular movies. (We kinda liked them, actually.)Now we're getting a glance at how bad things used to be.On Tuesday -- the 40th anni ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    "2010 Print Auction Exhibition"

    It's a buyers' market - an art buyers' market, that is

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    November 12, 2009

    13th Annual Art on the Avenue

    Winter Street’s about to be inundated with work by 275 Texas artists

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    June 18, 2009
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    March 10, 2009

    Houston Sells Galveston Some Old School Buses, Cheap

    An item on the upcoming HISD board agenda calls for the district to sell 50 school buses to Galveston ISD to replace those lost in Ike.The cost: $682 each.HISD says that figure is "the average sale price of a school bus that HISD has received from past auctions." To which we asked: Really? A couple ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009

    "If The Real Thing Don't Do The Trick" -- A Barracuda, Elvis & San Antone

    Photo courtesy Leake Auction CompanyFor a moment there, it seemed like a lost piece of Elvis Presley memorabilia was rediscovered.No, not the mason jar where they kept his stillborn twin brother Jesse Garon, but something almost as cool - a Plymouth Barracuda thought to have been bought by the King ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    "Made From Ike"

    The Fresh Arts Coalition auctions off hurricane creations for relief efforts

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    May 15, 2008

    Night of the Derby — Part Deux

    Local artists get down and derby with their de-car-ations

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    July 11, 2007

    The Franco-Texas Connection

    If you didn’t think the French were douchey enough, they held a charity auction Tuesday of memorabilia from the TV show Dallas. The money goes to a charity that hires clowns to entertain sick kids! So that’s a bunch of real douches bidding on stuff worn by fake TV douches set in a real douche ... More >>

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    February 12, 2007
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    November 3, 2006

    Get On Board

    Finally, skaters, an art show for you. It's art for your daily grind. Tonight Commerce Street Artists Warehouse hosts "Houston, Are You Board?," a skate deck art auction benefiting Public Use Skate parks for Houston (P.U.S.H.). Up for grabs (get it grabs, it's a skateboard — never mind) a ... More >>

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    August 23, 2006

    Re: Breaking News: Death to the Dogs

    The dogs are still for sale. But to whom? Yet another update to this seemingly unending story of the 320 pit bulls in Liberty County. Courtney Frank of the Houston Humane Society says her offices have been fielding angry calls and e-mails about the fate of the pit bulls after the judge's recent ... More >>

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    August 17, 2006

    Breaking News: Death to the Dogs

    Houston Humane Society Things just got worse for some unlucky dogs. The Houston Humane Society's Courtney Frank just called us with a ruling on the pit bull case, and it ain't pretty. Liberty County judge Phil Fitzgerald has ruled that all the dogs over sixth months old must be euthanized; all ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 23, 2006

    Nothing's Up

    Classic underachievers fumble through [sic]

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    September 5, 2002

    Costs You Money!

    The furniture king finds himself in a charity-ticket tangle

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    October 28, 1999

    Serial Killers On-line

    Victim advocates condemn sales of murder-related items

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