LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Sir Alfred James Munnings’ signed painting Lord Astor’s Broodmare and Foal brought the top price of $207,000, including buyer premium, at the third annual Sporting Art Auction, held Wednesday at Keeneland.
Gross sales for the auction, a collaborative effort between Keeneland, the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house, and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, the country’s premier gallery of fine sporting art and contemporary British figurative painting, totaled $2,534,370.
This year’s auction featured 174 high-quality lots representing fine sporting art, American paintings and sculpture from renowned masters as well as talented new artists. Eighty-two percent of the pieces offered in the auction sold, with more than 37 percent of those works bringing final bids at or above their listed high estimate value.
The British-born Munnings is recognized as one of the two great masters of sporting art, along with George Stubbs. He painted the featured work, a 13½” x 16” oil on board, in the 1930s, when he was adding to his numerous commissions for William Waldorf, 2nd Viscount Astor.
Two other pieces in the auction also fetched six-figure prices. Andre Pater’s Early Summer, an oil on canvas depiction of cattle drinking from a watering hole, sold for $161,000. The painting Longchamp Paddock, an acrylic on canvas by renowned American sporting artist LeRoy Neiman, sold for $138,000.