Jingle Sells: State Fetches $5K for Xmas Ornament 12/17/13
December 17, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - The brightest star on one Texas Christmas tree won't be
at the top.
State curators announced Monday that a commemorative 2013 Texas Capitol
ornament has sold for $5,176 at auction. The undisclosed winner from Austin gets
a one-of-a-kind, 24-karat gold-finished replica of the longtime best-seller in
the Capitol gift shop.
The ornament features the Texas Star in the middle and was auctioned in
celebration of what the State Perseveration Board says is 1 million sold since
the first Capitol ornament in 1996.
Agency director John Sneed says the gift shop currently sells an average of
56,000 ornaments a year.
The money goes toward preservation efforts and education programs in the
Capitol. Sneed says the agency was thrilled to see the winning bid sail past the