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Sporting Art Auction, Keeneland
November 19, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Sporting Art Auction at Keeneland is on November 19, from 4 – 8 pm.
“The auction represents an inspired collaboration between the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house and the country’s premier gallery of fine sporting art and contemporary British figurative painting.
The 2014 collection features 175 high-quality lots representing fine sporting art, American paintings and sculpture from renowned artists. The artwork will be exhibited for public viewing in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion beginning with the September Yearling Sale on Sept. 8 through the auction date, Nov. 19.
One of the year’s most prominent pieces is N.C. Wyeth’s “The Horse Race,” a 40″ x 32″ oil on canvas depicting two jockeys on horseback racing neck and neck. Wyeth originally painted the work for James Boyd’s book Drums, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1928.
Another significant piece is French artist Isidore Jules Bonheur’s “Un Taureau Et Un Ours” (A Bull and a Bear), a 30″ x 41¼” bronze first shown at the Paris Salon in 1857. Bonheur is known to have produced only two of this subject in this size. One was displayed in the Luncheon Club of the New York Stock Exchange for decades and now resides in the Museum of American Finance (in New York City). The second bronze is the one offered here.
One of the more intriguing pieces is Richard Stone Reeves’ “Three Kings,” a 28″ x 36″ oil on canvas depicting champions Nijinsky II, Spectacular Bid and Secretariat with grooms at Claiborne Farm.
In 2013, LeRoy Neiman’s Flat Racing, a one-of-a-kind glazed ceramic tile mural, sold for $291,000, including buyer premium, to top the inaugural Sporting Art Auction. Total sales for the 2013 auction surpassed $3.1 million. More than three-quarters of the 174 lots sold, with nearly half of those bringing final bids in excess of their high estimate values.”