Friday, June 18, 2021

BenCab, Joya, Legaspi, and Dalí editions, rare coins and toys for auction on July 28

Gavel & Block by Salcedo Auctions presents Editions, a two-part auction which will be held on Saturday, 28 July at Three Salcedo Place, 121 Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Editions is dedicated to the world of ‘multiple original’ collectibles – each object unique yet produced in a series for a larger audience or for popular use. The event begins at 2pm with Editions I, featuring Philippine and international fine prints, sculpture, décor, and design, followed by Editions II at 4.30 pm, which will introduce new auction categories – all of these done in multiples – drawn from history and pop culture. Together, these two auctions present a curated selection of pieces that make valuable additions to inspired collections.

Prints and lithographs—authorized limited-number reproductions of an artist’s work—are attractive and art investment-worthy, particularly if these are signed by the artist. Many of the pieces going under the hammer at Editions I are works by Filipino masters such as National Artist BenCab’s fine artist proof etching “Search,” and digital works on paper and ceramic all featuring his iconic “Sabel,” and showing his versatility and supreme technical skill as an artist and printmaker through his varied use of medium, and handling of composition, color, and subject matter. Alfonso Ossorio’s serigraph depicting “Janus” the Roman god of beginnings and endings, which is also in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum, New York, will also be offered along with several pieces by the renowned ‘Father of Modern Philippine Printmaking,’ Manuel Rodriguez Sr., and an artist’s proof of Pacita Abad’s energetic “Oh Happy Days.” Also included in the line up of prints going under the hammer are early works by the likes of Fernando Zobel, National Artist Jose Joya, and Juvenal Sanso, as well as equally rare rubbercuts by Romulo Olazo, and impressive limited editions by Malang, National Artists Arturo Luz and Cesar Legaspi, and Anita Magsaysay-Ho.

Among the works by international artists are Salvador Dalí’s commanding “Cosmic Athlete,” Marc Chagall’s “Romeo and Juliet” and two photolithographic prints by the important German Expressionist artist George Grosz entitled “Coney Island” and “Man About Town,” social critiques of the opulent lifestyle of New York elites, which are also held by the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Editions II is presented in collaboration with Dekada Collectibles and introduces new sale categories at auction such as coins, banknotes, stamps, toys, pop cultural objects, and memorabilia. Among the coveted lots is the ‘King of Philippine Pesos’ – a rare 1906-S US-Philippines 1 Peso Coin PCGS AU-55 that has the distinction of featuring two countries on its faces, making it sought after by collectors from both sides of the Pacific – one of the only 250 believed to remain in existence.

An original Voltes V DX model by the Japanese toy manufacturer Popy heralds the return of the action figure du jour of the 1970s as this highly prized memorabilia is now a sought-after memento of bygone Filipino youth following the popular TV show’s banning. To round off the almost 200 lots is a prized papel sellado (yesteryear’s version of a notarized document) involving inheritance from a grandmother of Joaquin Pardo de Tavera and the sale of a property in Binondo to his cousins. A stalwart of the reformist movement, Pardo de Tavera was jailed and exiled to the Marianas during the Cavite Mutiny of 1872. Dated 1866 to 1867, the document features ‘Illustres 64 Reales,’ a rare type of seal.

As part of its #salcedosays public programs and in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Pinoyprintmakers (A/P), Gavel & Block will also be hosting a printmaking workshop titled “Pressing Matters: Adventures in Print Editions” with leading printmaker Virgilio “Pandy” Aviado on Wednesday 25 July, 2-6 pm. For a participation fee of P2,000, guests will embark on the full Editions experience by creating prints in a range of different techniques, and will have the opportunity to either start or add to their own print collection with a signed work by Aviado. As slots for this immersive workshop are very limited, guests are highly encouraged to make early reservations.

Highlight pieces and updates on Editions and other upcoming auctions are also featured on the Salcedo Auctions and Gavel & Block Instagram accounts: @salcedoauctions and @gavelandblock.

Preview of Editions I and Editions II runs from Saturday 21 – Friday 27 July, 10 am to 6 pm.

For inquiries, email [email protected] or phone +632 659.4094 | 823.0956 | 0917 894.6550.

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