Justify, American Pharoah Items Headline Sporting Art Auction

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Signed Sports Illustrated covers featuring Justify and American Phraoah were framed with horseshoes from the Triple Crown winners and sold for over $36,000 at the Sporting Art Auction on Nov. 18. (Courtesy of Cross Gate Gallery)

Enthusiastic bidding and the presence of two recent Triple Crown winners among the memorabilia headlined the sixth annual Sporting Art Auction, a collaboration between Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, held Nov. 18 at Keeneland.

Two items belonging to Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify sold at the auction, raising $67,850 in support of the Ann Hanley Parkinson's Research Fund. A halter worn by 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify sold for $31,050, including buyer premium. Horseshoes worn by Justify and 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, framed with two Sports Illustrated magazines featuring both horses and signed by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and Triple Crown-winning jockeys Mike Smith and Victor Espinoza, brought $36,800, including buyer premium. Baffert donated both items.

LeRoy Neiman's Black Lab (Courtesy of Cross Gate Gallery)

LeRoy Neiman's Black Lab, an oil painting signed and dated from 1976, sold for $149,500, including buyer premium, to lead the bidding.

An oil on canvas painting of Jane Fowler Bassett foxhunting in the Maryland countryside, signed and dated by American artist Franklin Brooke Voss, fetched $97,750 to be the afternoon's second-highest-priced piece.

British artist John Sargent Noble's Passion and Patience, an oil on canvas signed and dated 1863, brought $63,250.

Gross sales for the Sporting Art Auction totaled $2,046,540 and 78% of the artwork offered in the auction sold.

In keeping with Keeneland's mission, its portion of the auction proceeds will benefit its nonprofit initiatives.

The 2018 Sporting Art Auction featured 177 high quality lots representing fine sporting art, American paintings, and sculpture from celebrated masters as well as talented new artists. In addition to the aforementioned pieces, the auction also sold works by such famed artists as Edward Troye, Henry Stull and John Frederick Herring Jr. and contemporaries such as Andre Pater, Peter Howell, Richard Stone Reeves, Isidore Jules Bonheur, Henry Faulkner, Larry Dodd Wheeler and Quang Ho.

For more information, please visit thesportingartauction.com.

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