Leon Gallery’s “Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2015” on June 13 is sure to live up to its title for three reasons: It is the gallery’s largest auction to date with a total of 205 lots; it highlights Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s largest work ever to be sold at an auction; and lastly, it features valuable pieces from the prolific Joe and Nene Guevara collection.
Fetching the highest price in the lot with the lowest bid at P6 million, “Fish Harvest at Dawn,” Magsaysay-Ho’s oil on canvas, measures 122 centimeters tall and 152 centimeters wide. It depicts women—a favorite subject of the artist—harvesting fish with their nets. Significantly, Magsaysay-Ho was the lone woman among the “Thirteen Moderns” movement of the 1950s.
Just as priceless though are the items on auction from the enviable collection of former journalist and The Manila Times columnist Joe Guevara and his wife Nene. The couple own works from such National Artists as Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Fernando Amorsolo, Ang Kiukok, Guillermo Tolentino, Napoleon Abueva, Vicente Manansala, and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, which will also be on the auction block.
Meanwhile, another National Artist, Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera has put up his sketch of actress Iza Calzado portraying “Sabel”—the recurring subject of the artist’s works—for auction, for the benefit of the BenCab Art Foundation.
According to Jaime Ponce de Leon, director of Leon Gallery, every auction they have mounted in the past have managed to turn over 100 percent in sales. Besides the fact that they offer an impressive range of Filipino works—from genuine masterpieces to works of young artists like Janet Balbarona, Epjay Pacheco and Ronald Caringal—he attributes this success to their established base rates, the lowest pegged at P10,000.
“We really have reasonable prices,” the director affirmed. “And we must have something for everybody. We need to have famous pieces for collectors and we also need pieces for ones who are only starting to collect. In other words, we carry a piece from every artist that represents the entire spectrum of the collecting community.”
The Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2015 will be held at Leon Gallery, located at Eurovilla 1, Rufino and Legaspi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City. The auction begins at 2 p.m. on June 13. The catalogue is available for download on www.leon-gallery.com