The Philippines is one of the world's leading centers of art, with its rich history and cultural position at the crossroads of East and West. Founded on the belief in the immense potential for growth in the Philippine secondary art market, SALCEDO AUCTIONS holds a unique position as the pioneering auction house in the country specializing in the sale of fine art, jewelry, timepieces, furniture, decorative arts and collectible accessories by leading local and international artists and artisans. With tightly curated sales that have become both highly anticipated social events and barometers for the local art market, the country's premier auction house embarks on its biggest journey yet as it celebrates its 10th year anniversary this 2020. SALCEDO AUCTIONS, situated at its new flagship headquarters along Ayala Avenue, the heart of Manilaâ€™s financial district of Makati, was established in 2010 by Ramon E.S. Lerma, former director and chief curator of the Ateneo Art Gallery, the first museum of modern Philippine art, and head of the Committee of Art Museums of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and his wife Karen Kua-Lerma, who is trained in gemology and is a certified diamond grader (GAA). In 2019, Victor M. Silvino joined the team as its new Managing Director, bringing over 30 years of corporate experience to the company. To date, SALCEDO AUCTIONS has already successfully organized over sixty (60) public auctions. In 2015 and 2016 it was cited by the prestigious international publication Art + Auction as one of the top 250 auction houses in the world. It counts some of the most respected brands both in the Philippine and internationally as institutional partners, among these: Credit Suisse, Lexus, Singapore Airlines, The Peninsula Manila, Dom Perignon, Globe Platinum, and Louis Vuitton. SALCEDO AUCTIONS has the distinction of having successfully sold, both locally and internationally, the most works by the Philippines' most important artist, Juan Luna y Novicio. In 2018, it sold Lunaâ€™s â€˜Boceto for Spoliariumâ€™ for Php73,584,000 (total purchase price, inclusive of buyerâ€™s premium and VAT), the highest price ever achieved at auction for a work by Juan Luna in his homeland. A year later, it offered FÃ©lix ResurrecciÃ³n Hidalgoâ€™s â€˜La Pinturaâ€™ as part of The Well-Appointed Life auction event, selling it for a world record-breaking price of Php78,256,000 (inclusive of buyer's premium and VAT). It has also set several world auction records for works by National Artists Ang Kiukok, Jose Joya, Vicente Manansala, and Bencab, modern masters Mauro Malang Santos and Juvenal Sanso, as well as leading contemporary artists such as Ronald Ventura, Rodel Tapaya, Jose John Santos III and Annie Cabigting. The dedicated team behind Salcedo Auctions brings with them a wealth of experience and a track record of integrity and service. Guided by some of the most respected names in Philippine art and business, they uphold the highest standards of excellence and professionalism.
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