LEXINGTON, Ky. – 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. Neiman and Armstrong often crossed paths during their careers and held a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s talent.
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.
Other notable works sold as part of the Sporting Art Auction were Henry Faulkner’s Clay House, an oil signed, dated ’71 en verso with sticker reading ‘The Henry Clay House’ for $47,150; Edward Troye’s Cattle in a Landscape, an oil signed and dated 1848, for $42,550; Troye’s Mambrino Patchen, an oil portrait signed and dated September 23, 1868, for $40,250; Neiman’s Ascot Jockey, an oil signed, dated ’65 and inscribed en verso for $40,250; and Andre Pater’s Caravan to Appleby Fair, a signed oil for $40,250. All prices include buyer premium.
In keeping with Keeneland’s mission, its portion of the auction proceeds will benefit its non-profit initiatives.
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Images (Top: Andrew Wyeth; bottom, left: LeRoy Neiman, right: Henry Stull. All courtesy of Keeneland/The Sporting Auction. Images cropped.