Over four decades, Ted Lusher assembled one of the most storied collections of Texas history imaginable. Recently, -Texas Monthly -described Lusher s carefully curated assemblage as A Treasure Trove of Texas History. Accordingly, some 300 collectors spent Dec. 2 at Heritage s headquarters in Dallas, Texas, and on its website vying for more than 165 jewels from Lusher s prized cache. And by the time the Ted Lusher Texas History Collection Signature Auction ended, several records were set en route to a $2,635,995 gross total. The auction s top lot was Charles William Pressler and A.B. Langermann s 1879 Map of the State of Texas, which is among the most significant maps of Texas ever printed and one of the rarest, as there are but three known copies, with this the sole copy in a private collection. Regarded as the first truly accurate map of Texas, it sold for $705,000. That is the highest amount a Texas map has ever realized at auction. Another record was set by Houston s second mayor, Francis Moore, whose 1840 Map and Description of Texas served as the first guidebook for newcomers to the fledgling Republic of Texas (which wouldn t become a state for another five years). It contains Stephen F. Austin s 1840 full-color map of the Republic and is illustrated with eyewitness scenes of Texas, including the earliest-known view of the fallen Alamo. One of only three recorded copies of this scarce first edition realized $519,000, a new auction record for this vital emigrant guide to Texas. This copy belonged in 1844 to a man named Levi Lewis, who was among the earliest settlers of Bexar County. Lusher hoped these treasures would remain in his home state, and most of this collection found new homes throughout Texas. The auction confirms exactly what I thought about this special place we call Texas, stated Lusher, a Kansas City native who has long called Austin home, where much of his collection has been displayed at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. It underscores the fact that people do have a respect for those who came before, and there is a commitment to learn about and carry on their history and knowledge. In assembling this world-class collection, Ted Lusher had a connoisseur s eye, a drive to succeed, an unbounded intellectual curiosity and the resources to bring the three together. We couldn t be prouder to bring this wonderful collection to market, according to Steve Ivy, Heritage s co-chairman and CEO. Collectors also vied for Austin s 1846 Map of Texas, the most complete version of the general s legendary map, as it was the final edition to contain geographical revisions. The map that realized $118,750 was the first and only edition issued after Texas statehood and remains among the most authoritative primary documents recording the history of Texas. All of Austin s maps, rich in detail and accurate where so many others were imprecise, were so popular their buyers heavily used them; hence the reason all editions are now rare to have survived, chief among them this masterwork, where the state s oft-foreboding landscape was shown to be as inviting as possible, notes the catalog. Thomas Gay s March 1836 broadside announcing the fall of the Alamo was another of the auction s top lots, and deservedly so, as this document informed Texians that the Alamo had fallen. Gay wrote to the people of Texas, I have just received information by Col. William T. Austin of the fall of the Alimo [sic]. Lusher believes this is the sole surviving copy in private hands of the broadsheet, and it, too, will stay in Texas. For more information, visit www.HA.com.