Gen. Houston's knife to remain in Texas
General Sam Houston's knife, the one he carried into battle at San Jacinto, which was being put up for auction, will remain in Texas thanks to an anonymous buyer from Dallas.
A Dallas man paid $270,000 for the historic knife at a California auction Sunday, sparing it from an uncertain future.
The knife had been a revered artifact in Texas, displayed at the San Jacinto Museum in La Porte for more than 60 years and at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum in Austin.
Auctioneer John Gangel said the buyer was a collector of guns, knives, paintings and other Texas memorabilia who wished to remain anonymous.
The buyer said Houston's knife "will never leave Texas while I'm alive and it better not leave after I'm dead," Gangel said.
Gangel said the buyer has relationships with several Texas museums and lends his personal collection for display. Gangel said he is confident that Sam Houston's knife will be back in a Texas museum soon.
An anonymous benefactor from Dallas, eh? Hey, Scott
, how do we know this wasn't you?
Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 11, 2002 to The great state of Texas
The only way to know for sure it wasn't me is my severe lack of a personal collection and the seeming absence of relationships with several museums. Never mind the missing $270K from my overflowing portfolio. None of this is easily documented, BTW.
I want to know how in the heck it ever left this great state. And my money is on one of the Perots actually stepping up and doing the right thing. They have a tendency to do that every now and then.