Sep 2, 2019

A few weeks ago, Salcedo Auctions’ subsidiary Gavel & Block held a live auction event on items made by art icons like Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, Arturo Luz, and Vincent Manansala. 

But unlike that of 2017 when they had a sale on rare and antique items, the upcoming auction will exhibit works of Filipino masters highlighting Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo’s painting “La Pintura,” as well as others by Juan Luna, BenCab, and Jose Joya. 

Felix Hidalgo’s La Pintura

Hidalgo landed a silver medal at the National Exposition of Fine Arts in Marid through the “La Pintura” where he depicted a woman standing in front of an unfinished canvas; a serendipitous moment where the viewer contemplates the art as the woman in the art contemplates her work. 

Entitled “The Well Appointed Life,” the auction will also preview furniture, rare timepieces, and jewelry which bidders may choose from.

A 2003 acrylic on canvas by National Artist BenCab that will be available in the auction event. 

Established in 2010, this auction house specializes in selling fine art, jewelry, decorative arts, and collectible accessories by leading artists and artisans in the local and international scene. 

Simon Flores’ work La Virgen Maria Leyendo un Libro

The preview for the auction event will happen on Sept. 13 until Sept. 20 at the Peninsula Manila. 


Last Saturday, Sept. 21, Hidalgo’s painting “La Pintura” was sold with the highest world record of P78 million (VAT and buyer’s premium included). The former world record was achieved at an auction in Madrid, Spain on October 2018 for an oil canvas entitled “Pareja de jóvenes tagalos ante un rio” which was sold at the price of P51 million.

This is also said to be the highest amount ever paid for a work by Hidalgo.


Header photo courtesy of Salcedo Auctions.

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