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Lawrence man’s 1,000-piece Jayhawk collection going up for auction

August 8, 2013

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A collection of more than 1,000 pieces of Kansas University memorabilia is going up for auction after spending years on display on the KU campus.

The collection's owner, Bud Jennings, put the Jayhawk memorabilia on display at the Kansas Union three years ago in hopes a collector would buy it. The price for the whole collection was $130,000, and the university's efforts to raise that money failed, said Mike Reid, director of marketing services for the KU Memorial Unions.

Jennings, a longtime Lawrence carpet store owner, was 80 and retired when he brought his flock of Jayhawks to display on the Kansas Union's second and fourth floors. He had started the collection in 1939.

The many statues and sculptures are made from bronze, copper and the more unusual acrylic. Many have historical significance, including an early model that KU art professor Elden Tefft used to create the iconic statue in front of Strong Hall.

Other items are more whimsical. There’s the rare full bottle of “Jayhawk” soda, bottled in Ottawa decades ago. In the fourth floor display, among fundraising pins and other small items, sat what Jennings called “the smallest Jayhawk in the world.”

Resting on the head of a penny, its features are just barely visible inside the glass case. If you look hard enough, you can make out the letters “KU” painted on its chest, Jennings said.

Earlier this year, Jennings told KU officials that he had decided to sell the collection to provide for his retirement, Reid said. The majority of the memorabilia has already been boxed up and removed from the student union, and some of it will be up for sale on eBay as soon as next week. The rest will likely be sold at an auction in Lawrence in about three months. A date for the auction has not yet been set.

Comments

David Holroyd 1 year, 4 months ago

Why doesn't Hugh Carter and MarkArensberg and Owen Buckley buy the stuff for Rock Chalk village for the clubhouse?

Their "gift" to Lawrence. The rec center is Fritzel's gift.. The west side of town is a big gift box.

Now, the East side gets a. "gift" from Newsome , more public subsidized housing.

Lawtence is such a "giving" community.

HutchSaltHawk 1 year, 4 months ago

wouldn't be a kick if we placed the subsidized housing on the west side and the rec center on the east side of town!

1julie1 1 year, 4 months ago

Why isn't Athletics buying this collection to help decorate the new home for upcoming Naismith Rules of Basketball? This would be chump change and cheaper than a custom mural. Everyone would enjoy seeing this collection (as they have been doing in the Union) for years to come.

It's really sad to see the collection being broken up and dispersed everywhere.

Sue McDaniel 1 year, 4 months ago

I imagine there are plenty of alumni that could afford to buy it even if it doesn't have their name on it. What did he do to annoy the elite?

ravenjayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

I never heard of an attempt to raise money. I am sure the money would easily been found from many of the alumni. Maybe only big pockets were contacted. Bad job by whoever was delegated by University

patkindle 1 year, 4 months ago

I think ku had their shot at buying the collection, they just figured they could get it for free yes, Lawrence is a very giving community people here are always thinking of ways others could spend their money to benefit everyone else good for bud, I wish him the best of luck I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money i

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 4 months ago

He's listing them on Ebay? (or fee-bay from a sellers perspective). Hope he only needs about $12 to retire on.....listing fee + percentage of sale fee + paypal fee = what's left?

Bob Forer 1 year, 4 months ago

Listing fees were recently reduced considerably. You are looking at around 15 percent in ebay and paypal fees, provided you make sure to add t3 percent to actual shipping charges to cover ebay's fees on the shipping (around a year ago they started charging a percentage of the shipping costs; before that, the percentage only applied to the cost of the item) and the paypal fee to receive the shipping money.

Todd Kennedy 1 year, 4 months ago

Sad.. The collection is very impressive.. Owned by a Lawrence native, and a large collection of Jayhawks. A shame that the collection will probably be separated and the pieces will go everywhere. I am sure it was collected from different areas, and now the outcome? It's going to go back to being dispersed.

The collection should become a permanent home at the Union or maybe even Spencer Research Library -- a lot of KU history is already there...

patkindle 1 year, 4 months ago

I am always amused at the Lawrence folks that set around and think of all the nice things some one else should do with someone elses money

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