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Saddlebred Museum’s 2006 Art Auction Filled with Quality Consignments

After 2005’s record-setting auction, which saw a George Ford Morris oil bring $135,000, interest in consigning to this exciting event has surged. The third annual Saddlebred Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction will see an increase in the number of historic pieces offered, especially in those authored by George Ford Morris.

The Red Mile’s Stable of Memories (a.k.a. the Round Barn) will again serve as the venue for this much-anticipated event. Ambiance for the auction will be enhanced by a preview party, generously hosted by Laurel Nelson, Phillipa Sledge, Lynn Snowden and Kenny and Ceil Wheeler. Attendees may view the displayed artwork while enjoying lunch and libation for the hour preceding the sale.

“The reputation and popularity of this auction have blossomed in only three years time,” said Director of the Museum Tolley Graves. “In addition to fundraising, an initial goal of the auction was to raise awareness of the wealth of art and artifacts in our breed’s history. It appears as though we’re having some degree of success in that area. Both the breadth and quality of consignments have matured since 2004’s initial event. I encourage our members to attend this upcoming event – you’re in for a real treat!”

If you’re not able to be present at the auction, you still have the opportunity to participate. The catalog will be installed on the Museum’s website ( within the next few weeks. Browse the lots online or order a hard copy of the catalog, select an item, then call the Museum and ask to be put on a phone bid list. A representative of the Museum will call you the day of the auction and you can bid in real time over the phone. Eight lots were sold over the phone at last year’s event, resulting in eight satisfied buyers.

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