The late Edward P. (Ned) Evans was a racehorse breeder of some renown. His 3,000 acre Spring Hill Farm is the largest breeding farm in Virginia, and it was also home to his collection of 19th and 20th century paintings as well as English and American furniture, silver, ceramics and decorative works of art. Sotheby’s will sell that collection on September 29th in New York, where the highlight is expected to be a rare mahogany Chippendale games table circa 1770, estimated at $60,000-90,000.
Other featured items are a fox hunting portrait by John Nost Sartorius (est. $30,000-$50,000), and John Feneley Sr.’s “Bay Hunter Giillingham Outside the Quorn Kennels” (est. $30,000-$50,000). Consistently rated among the top breeders in the country, Evans was named “Breeder of the Year” in 2009. His big winners included 2005 Breeders Cup champion Saint Liam. Shortly before his death last year, Evans donated $50m to Yale, his Alma mater.
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