ART IN THE BLUEGRASS: SPORTING ART AUCTION

By Jen Roytz

 

Photos courtesy of Cross Gate Gallery.

Recognized as the leading Thoroughbred auction house in the world, Keeneland attracts buyers from throughout North America, as well as Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America, Asia, Australia and more. Just a few miles away in downtown Lexington, Cross Gate Gallery has earned the same globally-lauded reputation as the world-leader in fine sporting art. 

In 2013, the two icons came together for an historic showcase of equine and sporting art. Adorning the walls of the Keeneland Sales Pavilion during their November Breeding Stock Sale were 174 pieces of coveted equine art, available both for the public to enjoy as an exhibit and for potential buyers to inspect. Upon the conclusion of the horse sale that year, Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery held the inaugural Sporting Art Auction and, in keeping with the tradition of millions of dollars of horses that had been purchased just weeks earlier within the same walls, the maiden draft of sporting art garnered an excess of $3 million. 

Now in its sixth year, the 2018 Sporting Art Auction will be held on November 18, 2018 beginning at 2pm. The catalog, 175 pieces strong, includes works by some of the most notable artists in American sporting art history, including Andre Pater, Alfred Munnings, Edward Troye and Henry Lawrence Faulkner.

The public is welcome to view this year’s Sporting Art Auction offerings during the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale (November 5th-16th) or by appointment through Cross Gate Gallery (859.233.3856) or online at TheSportingArtAuction.com. 

 

Included in the 6th Annual Sporting Art Auction

“Richard Singleton” – Edward Troye  (Swiss/American, 1808-1874)
Oil on canvas, $40,000-$60,000 (pictured above)

Richard Singleton was a champion racehorse owned by Colonel Willa Viley, who was known as one of the most prolific people in the formation of Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky. Richard Singleton was among the horses that gave Viley prominence, starting in 14 four-mile-heat races and winning all but two.

 

“Democrat Party Rooster” – Henry Lawrence Faulkner (American, 1924-1981)

Oil on Board, $25,000 - $30,000 (pictured above)

This piece was purportedly done for the Kentucky Democratic Party, though whether as a commission or with the intention of selling it to the organization is unknown. Regardless, the painting was never delivered. Rather, Faulkner used it to pay a Lexington attorney for services in getting him out of “legal jams.” 

Later, Faulkner found himself in another legal situation, but his original attorney was out of town and unable to help. Instead, Faulkner took the painting and two chairs from his first lawyer’s office and used them to pay the other lawyer, who has kept the piece until the present day. 

 

View the 2018 Sporting Art Auction catalog at: TheSportingArtAuction.com

 

 

 

 



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