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Unlike in the old days, Saturday night's Cattle Baron's Ball was not dependent on oil-rich guests. Texas oil is in a down cycle, but the live auction prices were gushers. On Monday morning, the rough count was that it netted $1 million and the whole event raised about $ 4 million -- all for the American Cancer Society.

(Left to right) Chefs Kent Rathbun, Kevin Garvin, Dean Fearing, David Holben, Richard Chamberlain and Jim "Sevy" Severson bring in $150,000 at the Cattle Baron's Ball live auction at Gilley's Dallas.

(Left to right) Chefs Kent Rathbun, Kevin Garvin, Dean Fearing, David Holben, Richard Chamberlain and Jim "Sevy" Severson bring in $150,000 at the Cattle Baron's Ball live auction at Gilley's Dallas.

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The auction's vineyard excursion to Napa? $58,000. A day of shooting 20 machine guns with instruction from a Navy SEAL, an Army Ranger, a Green Beret and a Dallas SWAT officer? $82,000.

But the Barbecue Boys topped them all with a last-minute surprise.

For the 25th year, Dallas celebrity chefs Nick Barclay, Richard Chamberlain, Dean Fearing, Kevin Garvin, David Holben, Kent Rathbun and Jim Severson -- the self-proclaimed Barbecue Boys -- offered a one-day package. They come to your house, ranch, wherever and prepare a fabulous meal complete with cases of champagne.

"We've raised over $2 million in 25 years of doing this gig," said Rathbun.

Saturday, as two bidders fought it out, the price stalled at $72,000.

"We wanna raise 100 grand tonight," said Rathbun. The auctioneer smiled and tried to disguise a pessimistic gulp.

But then the Barbecue Boys gathered for an on-stage huddle. After lots of internal mumbling and nodding, they offered themselves to both bidders -- if each would pay $75,000.

The two bidders, Dallas heavy hitters Amy Turner and Hal Brierley nodded their assents. A total of $150,000 was paid for the chefs.

Previous Cattle Baron's headliner Dwight Yoakam had early evening guests dancing to "Pocket of a Clown." On the main stage, Toby Keith belted out hits to the crowd of 3,000 guests.

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