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Houston icon’s rare Texan furnishings hit the auction block

Houston icon’s rare Texan furnishings hit the auction block

Dr Denton Cooley train Cool Acres
Houstonians can own a pieces of Dr. Denton Cooley's estate, such as this colorful train.  Photo courtesy of Gallery Auctions

There's nothing Texans love quite as much as Texas itself, and now those who want to add a little Lone Star history to their collections can do so, thanks to an auction on Saturday, October 26. Gallery Auctions is hosting the event, which features items from the collection of the late Houston heart surgeon and Medical Center legend, Dr. Denton Cooley.

Among the eclectic items available for purchase are include an authentic gypsy wagon from the Judge Roy Hofheinz collection;  the "Legend of Dr. Cooley" custom-created, hand painted cow; Old West shaving stands, and various wicker pieces that believed to have come from The Galvez Hotel.

Buyers can also look for a large selection of rush-seat, ranch-style dining chairs; a Coca-Cola cooler; retro phone booth; and a painted decorative locomotive from Washington County/Brenham Fine Art. There will also be more than 150 pieces of art, pews and benches, farm tables, school desks, and cedar chests. The collection is a must-see for lovers of the Old West, Texas history, and those who appreciate fine antiques.

All of the pieces were part of Cool Acres, the country home formerly owned by Cooley and his wife, Louise. Mrs. Cooley was renowned on the Houston social scene for her style and flair. She carefully curated several of the items now for sale, helping to give Cool Acres its distinctive look.

The Cooleys purchased the 406 acres that would become Cool Acres in 1958. Located in Orchard, Texas, the beautiful expanse along the Brazos River was close enough to Houston to allow the couple frequent and fun-filled escapes with family and friends to enjoy Texas country living. Roller skating, hayrides and the annual St. Luke’s family picnic are among the many events the Cooleys hosted at the retreat.

The items available kindle not only a nostalgia for the Cooleys gracious living, but also for the Texas of yesteryear.

“The furniture and furnishings represent Texas heritage in an era we won’t experience again,” said Vikki Vines, owner of Gallery Auctions. “There were seven houses on the property of Cool Acres including a full home for each of Cooley’s five daughters after they married. This iconic Texas style of living is fading away."


The auction preview begins at 8 am, with bidding beginning at 10 am at 13310 Luthe Rd. in Houston. For further details, buyers can contact Gallery Auctions at 281-931-0100.