Live auction to feature art, collectibles and antiques

Kathryn SwanJ-C Correspondent
Live auction to feature art, collectibles and antiques

An impressive array of original art, books, collectibles and antiques will be up for grabs Saturday night during the Osage County Historical Society’s annual dinner and live auction. Gala chair Shirley Roberts said, “One of the most interesting items to be auctioned off is a book entitled ‘The Osage People’ which has been autographed by the late Principal Osage Chief Sylvester Tinker and by the five living Principal Osage Chiefs: Geoffrey Standingbear, Scott Bighorse, John Red Eagle, Jim Gray and Charles Tillman. A commemorative coin comes with this book.

“We also have a 1929 Wah-Sha-She yearbook featuring legendary Ormand Beach and other special Pawhuskans, such as J.B. and Betty (Mary Elizabeth White) Smith. Betty was football queen in 1929 and for over four decades served as volunteer curator of the Historical Society Museum until her death in 2004.”

Other unique auction items include a 1906 framed photo of downtown Pawhuska, a J.C. (Coldren) Cow Horn belt buckle and Sharlette White oil painting of the historic Episcopal Church, Native American jewelry, large Pawhuska-themed gift basket, cowboy boot planter (complete with flowers) and George and Martha Washington candle holders.

In addition, the auction will feature two sculptures from the late Jim Hamilton. The first a limited edition Boy Scout bronze sculpture titled “What It’s All About.” The second is titled “Cooky” and depicts life on a cattle drive where mornings and evenings centered around the cook, the chuck wagon and campfire. It comes from the family’s private collection

An impressive lineup of books will also be available. These include “The Nicest Fella” which is about Ben (Son) Johnson, a First Edition of the Mullendore Murder, Wah’Kon-Tah, Olde World Santa and a rare copy of Sylvester and Alice Tinker’s American Indian Recipes. Plus, no auction in Pawhuska would be complete without one of Debbie Reed’s famous coconut cream pies!

The theme for the event is “Ormand Beach, Remembering the Man.” Roberts said ” All recipients of the prestigious Ormand Beach Award who attend the annual dinner meeting will be recognized and invited to sign a Huskie Football Helmet and football which will later be auctioned. How special is that!”

At press time, there were only 20 tickets left for purchase. “This is truly a once-in a-lifetime event to honor the very best football player to ever come out of PHS, who was also an outstanding human being” said Roberts. Tickets are $25 and available at the Museum. For more information, contact Shirley Roberts at 918-287-4517 or Garrett Hartness at 918-287-2666 or the Museum at 918-287-9119.