The Museum holds its auction annually in July. The Art, Antique & Rare Book auction has earned its reputation as a venue at which a variety of serious equine artwork, antiques, collectibles, rare books and historic artifacts can be purchased. The 2005 auction saw the highest-ever George Ford Morris painting sell for a record $125,000.
The focus of the auction is particularly Saddlebred items, but coaching, Thoroughbred, Standardbred, draft horse, Hackney and Morgan artwork are also accepted. The auction draws and specializes in works by George Ford Morris, one of America's premier 19th - 20th century sporting artists.
In addition to Morris, a sampling of other artists represented in past auctions include Edwin Bogucki, Allen F. Brewer, Currier & Ives, Frank Whitney, Leroy Neiman, Charles W. Holmes, Cecil Aldin, Sondra Alexander, Andrea Hartmeyer Johns, James L. Crow, Katherine Bogucki, Walter L. Brown, Francis Eustis, Max F. Klepper, Paul Brown, Douwe Blumberg, George Claxton, Alexa King, Helen Hayse, Gwen Reardon, Marilyn Newmark, W. S. Vanderbilt Allen, Wayland Moore, Margaret Huff, Pat Mitchell, Jessie Pettie, Jeanne Newton, Harold G. Breul, Salina Ramsey, George H. Harrington, Edward Penfield, Rozan Henning, Dimaro, J. F. Herring, Gladys Brown Edwards, Walter T. Foster, Janet Crawford and Sally McClure Jackson.
Consignment packets for the July auction are mailed annually in January. Saddlebred and equine artwork in all media is considered. Historic Saddlebred artifacts, rare books, equine jewelry and collectibles are also welcome. A committee selects approximately 60 items each year for inclusion, trying to ensure a variety in media, (original oils, watercolors, pastels, gouaches, charcoals, acrylics, as well as bronzes, sculptures in other media, vintage posters, lithographs, serigraphs, limited edition prints, vintage photographs, stained glass and mixed media) subject matter and pricing. The goal is for everyone to find something of interest!