Taxidermy experts The Corner Shoppe in North Austin closing after 35 years

Taxidermy King auction
The Corner Shoppe in North Austin is holding a three-day auction of the personal collection of taxidermy items from its founder John Brommel, who died in February. The auction is being held in person and online May 20-22. (Courtesy The Corner Shoppe)

The Corner Shoppe in North Austin is holding a three-day auction of the personal collection of taxidermy items from its founder John Brommel, who died in February. The auction is being held in person and online May 20-22. (Courtesy The Corner Shoppe)

The Corner Shoppe in North Austin is holding a three-day, sweeping auction of the personal collection of taxidermy items from its founder and owner, John Brommel, known locally as “The Taxidermy King.”

Following the auction, The Corner Shoppe, located at 8425 Burnet Road, Austin, will close its doors permanently this July, the store announced in a May 16 news release.

Brommel died unexpectedly in February, according to the news release. Brommel was known locally and nationwide for his taxidermy expertise and annual auctions.

“I don’t think anyone knew as much as he did about this collecting field; he was a legend,” Taxidermy King auction coordinator Rita Fennewald said in the news release. “This is our tribute to him.”

The auction of Brommel’s personal collection begins at 10 a.m. each day from May 20-22. Interested buyers can place bids on items live at the auction warehouse at 205 Farley Drive, Austin, or place bids online at and

The sale has more than 1,500 lots and includes rare taxidermy items for sale, including a full-body moose, a polar bear rug, lion rugs and leopard mounts. Other full-body mounts include elks, sitatungas, pheasant, peacocks, and other fish and birds.

“It is the largest auction of full-body trophy taxidermy mounts we have ever sold,” Fennewald said.

Previews of the items are available in person at the warehouse May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 20 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information, visit The Corner Shoppe website at
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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