Oct 13, 2020

Since lockdown commenced in Manila, many auction houses and art galleries have migrated online. Aside from opening up their backrooms and putting their exhibits on virtual display, they’ve also hosted online sales and auctions to keep up with the new normal. Makati’s León Gallery will be hosting another two-day online auction from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18.

The León Exchange 17th Online Auction is one of the gallery’s biggest auctions to date. According to their Instagram, “The set of coveted lots features a wide array of artworks, antique furniture, silver pieces, and Orientalia that will surely entice and excite new and seasoned collectors, designers, and tastemakers.”

Collectors can expect to find a healthy variety of prized art and objects. The auction will be featuring works from national artists like Arturo Luz, Ramon Orlina, Vicente Manansala, H.R. Ocampo, Jose Joya, Guillermo Tolentino, Carlos “Botong” V. Fransisco and Benedicto Cabrera—otherwise known as BenCab.

They’ll also be auctioning works from modern masters and contemporary artists, like Angelito Antonio, Paco Gorospe, Nena Saguli, Juvenal Sanso, Mauro “Malang” Santos and Macario Vitalis. 

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National Artist Benedicto Cabrera has become associated with the image of Sabel, a real-life scavenger, as he rendered her with a reverential point of view. Looking from the window, the young BenCab first encountered Sabel in plastic wraps, begging for food in the street. He then made various works inspired by this woman, depicting her in different movements and states, forms and structures. Unceasingly portraying her in repetition through the decades, BenCab explores the possibilities in translating powerful emotions and moods drawn from a lone inspiration into engaging works. BenCab's works are part of the Leon Exchange Online Auction 17! Scheduled for October 17 & 18, 2020, at 11 a.m. (GMT+8), you can view the e-catalog at https://leon-gallery.com/auctions/León-Exchange-17th-Online-Auction-2020  Register to bid at https://www.leonexchange.com #LE17 #LeonGalleryAuctions #LeonGalleryPH #LeonGalleryInternational #LeonGallery #ArtPH #HistoryPH #FurniturePH #AntiquesPH

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National artist Fernando Amorsolo’s paintings will also be up for auction on the 17th. Among the famed painter’s works available for bidding are “A Portrait of Henry Schradieck,” “A Portrait of Henry Schradieck’s Wife” and “Portrait of a Woman.”

Amorsolo’s “A Portrait of Henry Schradieck” courtesy of the León Gallery
Amorsolo’s “Portrait of a Woman” courtesy of the León Gallery

For purveyors of contemporary art, some of street artist Banksy’s works are also up for bidding this weekend. 

Banksy’s “Hip Hop Boy” courtesy of The León Gallery
Banksy’s “Flower Bomber” courtesy of the León Gallery

Some of the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí’s works are also up for auction.

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Another interesting lot up for auction is a set of furniture from an Old Manila ancestral mansion. These antique pieces are reflections of the past styles and trends that heavily influenced the affluent members of Old Manila society. 

Grand structures such as old ancestral mansions give us glimpses of the prominent families’ lifestyles in the past….

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To take part in the auction, register to bid on the auction’s official website. View the catalog online through León Gallery’s website


Header images courtesy of the León Gallery

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