LeRoy Neiman’s Black Lab topped a lively session of bidding at the sixth annual Sporting Art Auction, a collaboration between Keeneland and the Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, Sunday at Keeneland. The print sold for $149,500, contributing to a total of $2,046,540 in gross sales at the auction.
Among the highlights of the auction was the sale of items belonging to Triple Crown winners American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and Justify (Scat Daddy) that raised $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. 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. Baffert donated both items.
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.
Keeneland’s portion of proceeds from the auction, which featured 177 lots representing fine sporting art, will benefit its non-profit initiatives.