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Renowned masters, new artists featured in Sporting Art Auction on Monday at Keeneland

Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington will present the fourth annual Sporting Art Auction on Monday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. ET in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

The 2016 collection features 175 high-quality lots representing fine sporting art, American paintings, and sculpture from renowned masters as well as talented new artists. The Sporting Art Auction catalog is available online at thesportingartauction.com.

Among the cataloged works are those by such celebrated artists as Andy Warhol, Sir Alfred Munnings, Edward Troye, Henry Stull and John Frederick Herring Sr., as well as contemporary pieces by Andre Pater, Larry Wheeler, Peter Howell, LeRoy Neiman and Richard Stone Reeves.

Willie Shoemaker is the first portrait Warhol produced in that series

Willie Shoemaker is the first portrait Warhol produced in that series

One of the most significant pieces catalogued is Irish painter Sir William Orpen’s Sergeant Murphy and Things, a 291⁄2” x 40” oil on canvas depicting the winner of the 1923 Grand National. Orpen is widely considered to be one of the best portrait painters of the 20th century.

Another famed work is Warhol’s Willie Shoemaker, a 40” x 40” unique silkscreen portrait of the Hall of Fame jockey. Warhol, who immortalized many iconic figures in pop culture, in 1977 began working on a series of portraits of athletes at the behest of Richard Wiseman, a well-known art collector and sports enthusiast.

Willie Shoemaker is the first portrait Warhol produced in that series.

Other notable pieces to be offered are Morris Park Handicap, 1900, a 25” x 40” oil on canvas by noted American artist Henry Stull, which captures the stunning upset by Maid of Harlem over champion Ethelbert; a 14” x 17” bronze by Pierre-Jules Mêne from his Vainqueur du Derby series; and Morning at Keeneland, a 36” x 36” oil on panel by award-winning Vietnamese-American artist Quang Ho.

In furtherance of its mission, Keeneland’s portion of the Sporting Art Auction’s proceeds will benefit its non-profit initiatives, including the Keeneland Library Foundation.

Viewing the Artwork, Registration and Bidding

The public is encouraged to view the collection, currently exhibited in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

The Sales Pavilion is open to the public each day from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Sunday, Nov. 20.

Doors will open prior to Monday’s auction at 11 a.m.

Patrons may bid in person or by leaving an absentee bid, by phone through prior arrangement and online via www.liveauctioneers.com, www.invaluable.com and www.bidsquare.com.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Purchaser Registration Forms are available online and may be returned in person, by fax (859 288-4249) or email to info@thesportingartauction.com.

Bidders who plan to attend the auction should arrive early to pick up their bid paddle. Inquiries are welcome via the website, thesportingartauction.com, by email to info@thesportingartauction.com or by calling Cross Gate Gallery at 859 233-3856.

From Keeneland Communications

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