Auction to be held on estate of Marvin Wotring: creator of rifles used by WVU Mascot

Monongalia and Preston

An auction will be held by Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction and Realty Service for the estate of Marvin Wotring on Friday, May 3.

Wotring was known for creating every rifle carried by the WVU Mountaineer mascot since 1977. 

The auction will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Sage Brush Roundup Auditorium on 2580 Bunner Ridge Road in Marion County. 

Many of the items featured in the auction will be from Wotring’s workshop, including guns, handmade knives, and tools.

Household items from Wotring’s home will also be a part of the auction. 

 “He was a very active supporter of community events here in Monongalia County and Preston County and his legacy lives on here in his shop. He’s got a son that continues to work on his trade and a grandson that does work continuing to build knives and tomahawks here in this very shop,” said Ethan Moore, Assistant General Manager and firearms specialist with Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction and Realty Service.  

Find more information on the auction here

This is a complete estate auction including the contents of the home, the shop, and few pieces of equipment. 

The first auctioning block will begin at 4 p.m.  and the second block will start at about 4:15. Guns will sell later in the evening toward the end of the auction.

Bidders can bid online before and during the auction via the link on the website that will take them to the ProxiBid service. The online bidding will be simultaneous with the bidders that are in the auditorium. 

Bidder’s will need positive ID and we will be following all state and local laws regarding the sale and transfer of firearms. 

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