Lonesome Dove Screenwriter Bill Wittliff's Estate Auction


A selection of books from the Wittliff estate auction

Following the Larry McMurtry Estate Auction at Vogt Auction in San Antonio earlier this year, Vogt is selling the estate of Lonesome Dove screenwriter and photographer Bill Wittliff on November 11 and 12.

Wittliff was another notable Texan icon connected to Larry McMurtry, and was also the screenwriter for The Perfect Storm, and Red Headed Stranger, as well as the founder of the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.

The auction will feature pieces from Wittliff's personal studio and home, including his widely-celebrated photography, rare books from his Encino Press imprint, memorabilia of Willie Nelson, Larry McMurtry, Tommy Lee Jones, Darrell Royal, John Graves, Robert Duvall, and Sam Shepard, and Native Texan artifacts, Western firearms, and ranch pieces.

Highlights include:

* a copy of Lonesome Dove (1985) by Larry McMurtry, signed by author, published by Simon and Schuster (New York), hardcover with dust jacket, donated by McMurtry to the HOPE Animal Shelter & Sanctuary in Tuscon, Arizona. McMurtry spent part of his time living in the Tuscon area and was a passionate supporter of HOPE's work to save, shelter, and adopt out cats and dogs. Proceeds from the sale of this lot will go to support HOPE (estimate: $1,000 – $2,000).


Bill Wittliff auction details

* Bill Wittliff's copies of three hardcover books: the 1964 first edition of Andy Adams: His Life and Writings by Wilson M. Hudson, published by Southern Methodist University Press (Dallas, Texas), with dust jacket; the 1970 first edition of Cowpokes, Nesters & So Forth by Judge Orland L. Sims, published by The Encino Press: Austin (Texas), with dust jacket; the 1967 first edition of Cow Camps & Cattle Heards, by John A. Lomax, with illustrations by Bill Wittliff, published by The Encino Press: 1902 Arthur Lane (Austin, Texas), with dust jacket, signed by the author, copy 41 of 750 specially designed copies. (estimate $200- $400)

* Bill Wittliff's vintage Gustav Stickley oak work desk, with oversize top, above two drawers with ring pulls, rising on stretchered block legs, with metal accents, used by Wittliff for many notable works, including books and screenplays, with a timeline hand-carved into the table by him, including Raggedy Man, Night in Old Mexico, and Barbarosa (estimate: $800 – $1,500).

Day two of the weekend auction will include Texas and Western cowboy artifacts, rustic furniture, original art, Southwestern jewelry, exotic taxidermy, Native American artifacts, firearms and knives, primitives, and decor, from several Texas estates and featuring pieces from a historic home in New Braunfels, early general store items from a Castle Hills collection, a large collection of bronzes from a Prosper, Texas estate, primitives from the estate of Nancy Kendall of Blanco, and rustic furniture and taxidermy from the estate of John Klauss in Boerne. More than 700 lots in all.