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Ray Benson’s 50+ year collection Auction is available for online bidding NOW!

“After 50 plus years of collecting, I realized it’s time for me to clean house and let someone else enjoy them for a while,” Ray says.
“I wouldn’t say that I became a collector on purpose, but over my 50+ years of being in the music and entertainment industry, traveling the world doing what I love,” said Benson, “I’ve accumulated a vast collection of some really cool stuff! From the bay area music scene of the early ‘70s, to the Austin ‘Cosmic Cowboy’ movement. Hats, boots, posters, cars and guitars! It’s time for me to part ways and allow these items to find a new home and bring nostalgia and happiness to others.”
Along the way, he has kept remembrances chronicling his and Asleep at the Wheel’s career, as well as those of his friends and collaborators, such as Willie Nelson, George Strait, Dolly Parton, Commander Cody and many more. Collectibles that will be up for bid include custom iconic guitars, vintage posters, classic cars, a custom motorcycle, stage and movie outfits and neon signs. This unique collection showcases the history of Texas’ storied music scene and beyond. The online catalog of available items and registration details for both the live in-person and online auction can be found at A portion of the proceeds will benefit Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc. dedicated to helping save Texas’ historic dance halls.


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