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The American Saddlebred Museum’s annual Equine Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction is Saturday, July 14, at noon in the Showplace for Saddlebreds at the Kentucky Horse Park. The auction, a fundraiser for the museum, will feature a variety of equine artwork, antiques, collectibles, rare books and historic artifacts available for purchase.
The focus of the auction is Saddlebred items, but coaching, Thoroughbred, Standardbred, draft horse, Hackney and Morgan items are also accepted. The auction draws and specializes in works by George Ford Morris, one of America’s premier 19th and 20th century sporting artists.
The 2005 auction saw a George Ford Morris painting sell for a record $125,000.
Saddlebred and equine artwork in all media is considered (original oils, watercolors, pastels, gouaches, charcoals, acrylics, as well as bronzes, sculptures in other media, vintage posters, lithographs, serigraphs, limited edition prints, vintage photographs, stained glass and mixed media). A committee selects approximately 60 items each year for inclusion, trying to ensure a variety in media, subject matter and pricing.
Justin the Artistic Horse, a 7-year-old Friesian with a painting in the auction, will give a painting demonstration for the general public and those interested in bidding on his painting immediately preceding Saturday’s auction at 11 am outside the Showplace for Saddlebreds.
To view the auction’s online catalog, click here.
From American Saddlebred Museum