Still time to buy
Forbidden Gardens warriors discounted as sale's suddenly extended
When news hit that the construction of Houston's Grand Parkway would result in the closure of Katy's quirky Forbidden Gardens, Houstonians wondered what would become of its thousands of miniature terra cotta warriors.
Staff of the odd to-scale replica of China's Forbidden City decided to sell the warriors to the public after failed attempts to send the collection intact to a museum. Although the sale ended three weeks ago, all's not lost for those who wanted a little piece of replicated history.
The soldiers are up for sale once again by appointment only, and are available for $20 to $50 dollars apiece, depending on condition, or best offer. In the original public sale, full-size terracotta statues ran $250 each; one-third scale terracotta warriors were $100 each, and one-third scale fiberglass warriors were $20.
Forbidden Gardens is located off I-10 West at Franz Road. Potential buyers are encouraged to call museum director Ben Cornblath at 713-598-7981 in advance to make sure someone is there.