Equine Enthusiasts, Start Your…Art Collection

In September, the Keeneland Association in Lexington, Kentucky held its world-renowned September sale of yearling Thoroughbreds; 2,819 racing hopefuls went through the ring, selling for an average of nearly $100,000 each and a total of $280.5 million.

Following its boutique, three-week October racing meeting, Keeneland will turn its sales eyes next to the November sale of Thoroughbred breeding stock, but before the horses come back in the flesh, the sales pavilion will be occupied by equines of a different sort.

Keeneland Art Auction Display during the 2014 Keeneland Fall Meet

 

For the second year in a row, the Keeneland Association and the Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington are joining forces to hold an auction of international sporting art. This year’s sale takes place on November 19 and will feature 175 paintings and sculptures.

Among the pieces of art on offer is “The Horse Race,” a c. 1928 painting by the American artist N.C. Wyeth, valued at $550,000 to $650,000.

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[If I hit a Pick 6 this weekend, the foundation items of my non-existent art collection will be lot 145, a scene at Saratoga Racecourse and lot 90, Irish Lad winning the 1904 Met Mile, pictured above on the bottom right.

Mid-Atlantic racing devotés might fancy lot 40, a painting of Monmouth Park, top row, second from the left.

Featured image: Bonheur’s “Un Taureau et Un Ours.”  Photos courtesy of Keeneland.

 

 

 

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