Sir Alfred Munnings’ ‘A Morning’s Work, Newmarket Heath’ brings top price at 2017 Sporting Art Auction

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Spirited bidding and the sale of Sir Alfred Munnings’ A Morning’s Work, Newmarket Heath for $186,300, including buyer premium, highlighted the fifth annual Sporting Art Auction, held Sunday afternoon at Keeneland.

The Sporting Art Auction is a collaborative effort between Keeneland, the world’s leading Thoroughbred sales company, and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, the country’s foremost gallery of fine sporting art.

In keeping with Keeneland’s mission, the Association’s portion of the auction proceeds will benefit its non-profit initiatives including support through the Keeneland Foundation.

Sir Alfred Munnings’ oil on canvas “A Morning’s Work, Newmarket Heath” brought the top price at the annual Sporting Art Auction at Keeneland Sunday (Photo from Keeneland)

Gross sales for the Sporting Art Auction totaled $2,426,040. Eighty-two percent of the pieces offered in the auction sold.

The British-born Munnings is renowned as one of the great masters of sporting art. A Morning’s Work, Newmarket Heath, a signed oil on canvas, depicts horses training over what was unquestionably the artist’s favorite course.

Heading Home, a signed oil on canvas by Andre Pater that appeared on the cover of the Sporting Art Auction catalog, brought $115,000, including buyer premium.

Still Water, by British sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green, sold for $103,500, including buyer premium. The signed bronze portrays a horse’s head as it drinks.

Famed American artist LeRoy Neiman’s At the Races fetched a final bid of $80,500, including buyer premium. The work, an acrylic and mixed media on board, was signed and dated ’69.

Sheep in a Meadow, a signed oil on board by German artist August Friedrich Albrecht Schenck, brought $46,000. As previously announced, 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the painting benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm.

The 2017 collection featured 175 high-quality lots representing fine sporting art, American paintings, and sculpture from celebrated masters as well as talented new artists. In addition to the aforementioned pieces, the auction also sold works by such famed artists as Henry Stull and John Frederick Herring Jr., and contemporaries Larry Wheeler, Peter Howell, Richard Stone Reeves and Quang Ho.

From Keeneland

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