An auction of memorabilia from the life and career of legendary college football coach Darrell Royal went on the block Sunday, just four days after his death. Planned since August, the auction went on at the urging of Royal’s wife Edith who helped coordinate the sale of hundreds of items from his days with the University of Texas football program. Proceeds benefit the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease. Royal had revealed earlier this year that he was suffering from the disease.
The top selling item was the 2006 Rose Bowl ring that current coach Mack Brown presented to Royal following the Longhorns’ National Championship victory. It sold to an unidentified telephone bidder for $105,000. With the buyer’s premium, the ring realized $120,000. It was one of numerous championship and bowl game rings belonging to Royal that sold. The others sold for more than $10,000 each.
Many items sold far and above market value. Two game programs, signed by Royal, from the 1957 and ’58 Texas seasons sold for a whopping $1,300 while a 1949 Sugar Bowl program brought $2,000.
Read more about the auction and who was winning some of those items inside the Austin American-Statesman.