Horse Mania statues, painted bourbon bottles go on auction for LexArts

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Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 12:13 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Keeneland Sales Pavilion is expected to be packed Friday night with bidders looking for that perfect horse, except these horses are statues.

From 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, 35 beautiful Horse Mania statues will be paraded into the sales pavilion ring and auctioned off. Spectators can bid on them just like an actual Keeneland horse sale.

“Which is super fun because it you never bought a horse at auction you can do it know. It just happens to be painted,” said LexArts President and CEO Ame Sweetall. “Every horse has a hip number. It will come out just like the beautiful thoroughbreds do at a regular Keeneland auction.”

Since the beginning of summer, brightly colored horses and foals dotted Lexington’s cityscape. They were the works of art by local artists and students.

“Horse Mania to me is really the just that iconic perfect blend of community and arts,” Sweetall said.

While Friday’s event to celebrate LexArts’ 50th anniversary is sold out, it will be also live-streamed on the LexArts Facebook page.

“We’re going to start the bidding on the horses at 3,500 and we’re going to start the bidding for the foals at 1,000,” Sweetall said. “Those bids are live right now you can go ahead and start bidding on those horses right now you can actually put in a maximum bid.”

Check out the LexArts website for that.

Horses aren’t the only things on the auction block. Special bottles of bourbon containing a custom blend of Maker’s Mark inside and the work of a local artist on the outside are for sale.

“That barrell yelded over 200 bottles. The 200 bottles that we were able to divy out to a hundred artists to paint and decorate and adorn in all these beautiful ways,” Sweetall said. “They loved getting the opportunity to try a new medium. This is the first time a lot of our artists have painted on a bottle, painted on glass, or adorned a glass bottle in that way.”