Andrew Wyeth’s Over the Hill, a watercolor painted by Wyeth in 1973 that remained in his personal collection until 2006, brought $109,250, including buyer premium, to headline Sunday’s eighth annual Sporting Art Auction, a collaboration between Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington held virtually on Sunday afternoon.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bidding on this year’s auction of 188 high-quality lots representing fine sporting art, American paintings and sculpture by renowned artists was conducted online and via phone. Gross sales for the Sporting Art Auction totaled $1,625,945.
LeRoy Neiman’s Satchmo, an oil portrait of famed jazz musician Louis Armstrong signed, dated ’61 and inscribed ‘Satch,’ sold for the day’s second-highest price of $103,500, including buyer premium. Bringing the auction’s third-highest price of $72,000, including buyer premium, was Henry Stull’s Domino with Jockey Up, an oil portrait signed and dated 1900. This depiction of Domino, a famed sprinter and breed-shaping sire, was part of the recent Tales from the Turf: The Kentucky Horse, 1925-1950 exhibit at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.
A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit Keeneland’s non-profit initiatives. For more information, visit thesportingartauction.com.