By Lester G. Babiera
Some P1.2 million was raised for the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” during the “Kingly Treasures” auction of León Gallery last Dec. 7 at the Asian Institute of Management Conference Center. The relief assistance will be coursed through the volunteer group RockEd Philippines.
Still stumped for a Christmas present? Then what about an exquisite $1 million Picasso for the living room, yours for just $135 at an online charity raffle.
On Decemeber 7, James Onglepho will have two oil paintings, one landscape and one lotus, join the auction of León Gallery, Makati City.
Tessa!By Tessa Prieto-Valdes
It’s a brand-new day! After the darkness wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” comes the sunshine of worldwide compassion and support for our people.
A wristwatch that is believed to have been used to declare the time of President John F. Kennedy’s death is going on the auction block in New York City.
Almost a hundred fun and play-inspired furniture and art pieces are awaiting participants of UNICEF’s Auction for Action that started on Monday.
A violin believed to have been played on the Titanic before the doomed vessel sank was auctioned for more than 1 million pounds ($1.6 million) Saturday, a fantastic figure which one collector said may never be beaten.
The palatial Miami mansion where iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered goes under the hammer on Tuesday with auctioneers hoping to clinch a sale for as much as $40 million.
By Constantino C. Tejero
Art has always been a commodity. Andy Warhol in the 1960s and Damien Hirst in the ’80s had already underscored that. At no time is this commodification of art more emphasized than during auctions.
An Asian gourmet dished out $36,750 at a New York auction to have dinner for four with famed chef Ferran Adria.
Leon Gallery (G/F, Corinthian Bldg., Legaspi Village, Makati City; tel. 8467416) recently held a successful auction, a liquidation of the artworks owned by Prudentialife Plans, Inc., initiated by the Philippine Insurance Commission. All 55 lots sold, almost all reaching the hammer price several times higher than their starting bid price.