Texas Icon William “bill” Wittliff’s Estate To Be Sold At Auction

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SAN ANTONIO – The partial personal estate of iconic Texan photographer, screenwriter, and publisher William “Bill” Wittliff will be sold at auction on November 11, 2023 at Vogt Auction Galleries in San Antonio, Texas.

"Gus on the Front Porch", Lonesome Dove Double Signed Bill Wittliff Photograph
“Gus on the Front Porch”, Lonesome Dove Double Signed Bill Wittliff Photograph

The auction will include approximately 300 items from Wittliff’s Austin, Texas studio and home as well as the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and features his famous Lonesome Dove photographs of Robert Duvall as Augustus “Gus” McCrae and Tommy Lee Jones as Woodrow Call, mementoes of his many other Hollywood productions including Barbarosa (starring Wille Nelson), The Black Stallion, and The Perfect Storm, props from the set of Lonesome Dove, rare copies of books published by Wittliff’s Encino Press imprint including authors such as Larry McMurtry, Bud Shrake, J. Frank Dobie, and John Graves, photography from his Vaquero and La Vida Brinca series, Wittliff’s cameras and other studio equipment, firearms, and personal effects.

“Vogt Auction Galleries is proud to be the marketplace for Texas treasures, and we are honored to bring the personal estate of this Texas icon to auction,” said Vogt Director Rob Vogt.

The full auction catalog can be viewed at TexasAuction.com. The auction will take place on Saturday, November 11, beginning at 1pm Central at Vogt’s auction facility at 7233 Blanco Road in San Antonio. Bids will be accepted live in person, live by telephone, live online, and by absentee bid. Auction items, photos of auction items, b-roll, and interviews all available to media.


Rob Vogt, Director
Vogt Auction Galleries
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Vogt Auction Galleries is the number one independent auction house in Texas with more than $10 million in annual sales, selling estates including author Larry McMurtry, artist G. Harvey, singer Vikki Carr, philanthropist Linda Pace, and museum founder Marion Koogler McNay. For nearly 50 years, Vogt has specialized in objects of value that reflect and celebrate the unique lifestyle, people, and stories of our region, in fine and folk art, artifacts, ceramics, jewelry, firearms and bladed objects, furnishings and home accessories.


Michelle Sanchez

Marketing Manager

Vogt Auction Galleries

7233 Blanco Road

San Antonio,

TX 78216



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