Lone Star Art Auction
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Lone Star Art Auction

Sat, Oct 28, 2023 01:00PM EDT
Lot 109

Bill Nebeker (b. 1942) The Eyes of Texas, 2011

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

Bill Nebeker (b. 1942)
The Eyes of Texas, 2011
bronze, 9/30
31 x 16.5 x 10.5 inches
inscribed: Bill Nebeker CA 2011 9/30

The legendary Texas Rangers date back to 1823, when Stephen F. Austin called for ten men to protect new Texas settlers from Native American raids. By 1835, the Rangers were required to supply their own horses, saddles and firearms. The Texas Ranger represented by the artist in "The Eyes of Texas" is circa 1870 carrying a 1/2 seat, double rigging saddle with a Cheyenne roll, and his Henry rifle. Fans of Larry McMurtry’s Western novel "Lonesome Dove" will appreciate the Ranger’s close resemblance to Captain Augustus “Gus” McCrae played by actor Robert Duvall in the 1989 "Lonesome Dove" TV miniseries.


The sculpture appears to be in good condition with no damage or evidence of restoration. The surface of the sculpture has a carmel brown patina.

Private Collection, Austin, Texas