The Sporting Art Auction, a collaboration between Keeneland and Downtown Lexington’s Cross Gate Gallery, will make its debut in November auctioning work by modern and 19th century American and British sporting artists at the historic race track.
“This Sporting Art Auction has the potential to become the most important of its kind in the world,” Cross Gate owner and auction curator Greg Ladd said in a news release. “We have all the right elements to make it a success—a world-class venue in Keeneland which provides in-house expertise in conducting major auctions, and the ability to reach the most enthusiastic sporting art collectors in the world through Keeneland’s racing and sales clientele.”
Ladd has already secured two marquee pieces for the inaugural auction: Blue Prince by Sir Alfred Munnings, commissioned by thoroughbred breeder and owner Walter Jeffords, and a 7 foot-by-17 foot mural by LeRoy Neiman, commissioned by Charles W. Bidwell Jr. for Sportsman’s Park in Cicero, Ill. The overall auction will feature approximately 200 works, primarily paintings and sculptures.
Works in the auction will be on display at Keeneland through the fall race meet in October as well as the September and November sales. Keeneland’s proceeds from the sales will go to support its not-for-profit initiatives, including the Keeneland Library Foundation.