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Famed Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Auctioneer Heads to New Orleans in October

NEW ORLEANS (Sept. 18, 2017) – Speaking with a smooth, Texan-tinged staccato and wearing his signature Stetson cowboy hat, famed Houston Auctioneer Randolph Holford is sure to turn heads in the Big Easy when he returns to New Orleans Auction Galleries as guest auctioneer for a two-day antique and fine art auction in October.

From livestock to Lalique, Holford has sold countless items over the past 40 years in the auction business. However, he is most recognized as the official auctioneer for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a position he has held since 1985. His legendary auction skills and distinctive style have raised millions for what has become one of the largest non-profit organizations in the United States.

"The size of the auction or the item for sale doesn't change the importance of doing a good job," Holford said in a 2015 interview with the Houston Chronicle. "Every sale means something to somebody and that's what it is all about. If it's important to them, it has to be important to me."

New Orleans Auction Galleries, one of the nation’s leading regional auction companies, has offered rare, unique and notable items, including fine antique furniture, paintings and estate jewelry since 1991. Houston businesswoman and philanthropist Susan D. Sarofim acquired the auction house in 2012. Since that time, Sarofim has been working to foster a greater connection between Houston and New Orleans’ art and antiques scenes. To further that goal, the company now offers complimentary shipping to and from Houston.  

“Having watched Mr. Holford at the Houston Rodeo for many years, I know he is able to create and sustain a respectful yet entertaining rapport with his audience,” says Susan D. Sarofim, CEO and Owner of New Orleans Auction Galleries. “NOAG’s bidders will definitely appreciate his unique style.”

The must-see event kicks off with a cocktail reception at the gallery on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 5-7:30 p.m. The auction, complete with a full bar and catered breakfast and lunch offerings, begins at 10:00 a.m. each day on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15.

Can’t make it to New Orleans? Stream the sale and bid live online via, or leave absentee and telephone bids directly with New Orleans Auction Galleries at