Visual Arts

Unsold Horse Mania statues hit eBay

The horses up for auction were on display at the outdoor show ring including Urban Legend at the Horse Mania 2010 Auction at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., on Friday Dec. 3, 2010.    Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
The horses up for auction were on display at the outdoor show ring including Urban Legend at the Horse Mania 2010 Auction at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., on Friday Dec. 3, 2010. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff

The 15 unsold Horse Mania horses are on the auction block again, this time on eBay. And just because they didn't sell at Friday's Horse Mania auction at Keeneland doesn't mean no one wants them.

"We've been getting phone calls and tons of messages every day," Robbie Morgan, campaign manager and volunteer coordinator for LexArts, said Wednesday afternoon. "It is obvious there was more interest in the horses than what was apparent at the auction."

The economy appeared to put a chill on the horse sale, with the top seller, Tony Higdon and Erika Strecker's Pegasus Flight, going for $12,000. That was less than a quarter of the biggest seller at the 2000 Horse Mania auction, Damon Farmer's Stonewall, which went for $53,000.

The 2010 auction has raised $383,800 for LexArts' public art fund and a variety of local charities. Sixty-three horses sold Friday night, and two more sold Saturday when winning bidders came to pick up their prizes.

The 15 remaining for sale on eBay include Casablanca by University of Kentucky art professor and internationally acclaimed artist Arturo Alonzo Sandoval; Phillip March Jones' Race to Reason; and several popular horses in Horse Mania polls, including Duane Keaton's Digital Horse and Belinda and Larry May's Crazy Quilted Horse.

The reserve bid is $3,000, $700 less than the reserve on horses auctioned Friday. The buy-it-now price is $10,000 if you want to end the suspense and get a horse immediately.

The auctions for all 15 horses will end the morning of Dec. 18, and they will be available for pickup between noon and 5 p.m. at Victorian Square, where the horses are currently housed and many can be seen.

As in the live auction, proceeds from the sale of the horses will go to LexArts, a public art fund, and the designated charities for each horse, including Hospice of the Bluegrass, the Hope Center and Moveable Feast.

Morgan said the goal is to have all of the Horse Mania horses sold before the Horse Play auction of horses painted by area school students. That sale is Jan. 22 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

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