Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington are once again partnering to conduct the third annual Sporting Art Auction, to be held Wednesday, November 18, at 4 p.m. in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.
Catalogs for the 2015 auction, which features 175 high-quality lots representing fine sporting art, American paintings and sculpture from renowned masters as well as talented new artists, are currently available online at thesportingartauction.com.
The artwork will be exhibited for public viewing in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion this fall beginning with the September Yearling Sale, to be held Sept. 14-26. Sporting Art Auction representatives will be on hand in the Pavilion’s Limestone Café to provide catalogs and further information to interested parties.
Inquiries are welcome via the website, by email to [email protected] or by calling Cross Gate Gallery at (859) 233-3856.
“In its brief history, the Sporting Art Auction has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the art enthusiast’s calendar,” said Keeneland’s Walt Robertson. “It is rewarding to have such strong support from the Central Kentucky community, the horse industry and sporting art collectors from around the world, who enthusiastically participate in the auction.”
One of the auction’s most significant works is Sir Alfred James Munnings’ Mon Talisman, Chantilly, a 20” x 24¼” oil on canvas, signed and inscribed, depicting the winner of the Prix du Jockey Club and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly in 1928.
Also cataloged is The Heythrop Hunt, a 16½” x 23” signed watercolor by British artist Lionel Edwards. Before 1835, what is now known as Heythrop County in England was hunted by the Duke of Beaufort’s hounds.
Other notable pieces to be offered include LeRoy Neiman’s Racing, a signed 7¾” x 10” oil on board; The Athlete, a 30” x 30” oil on canvas by award-winning Vietnamese-American artist Quang Ho; and Loading the Barrels, Truman’s Brewery, a 30” x 40” signed oil on canvas by British artist Peter Biegel.
The auction will also feature works by such celebrated artists as Edward Troye, John Frederick Herring Sr. and Henry Stull, as well as contemporary pieces by Andre Pater, Charles Church, Larry Wheeler, Peter Howell and Richard Stone Reeves.
“Each year we travel throughout the U.S. and Europe to acquire important pieces we feel confident will generate interest,” Cross Gate Gallery owner Greg Ladd said. “The works cataloged this year would be highly prized additions to every collector’s gallery.”
The success of the first two auctions confirms the strong demand for quality sporting art.
LeRoy Neiman’s Flat Racing, a one-of-a-kind glazed ceramic tile mural, sold for $291,000 to top the inaugural sale in 2013. More than three-quarters of the 174 lots in that first auction sold. Nearly half of those works brought final bids in excess of their high estimate value.
Last year’s auction saw large crowds and brisk bidding with the massive triptych Hercules, by American artist Ashley Collins, selling for top price of $149,500. Seventy-five percent of the 175 pieces sold, with 40 percent of those lots bringing final bids above their listed high estimate value.
In keeping with the Keeneland Association’s mission, Keeneland’s portion of the auction proceeds will benefit its non-profit initiatives, including the Keeneland Library Foundation.