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Makati City, Philippines
DoneSat, Jun 13, 2015 6:00 AM GMT

The Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2015

León Gallery will stage what is arguably its most exciting auction sale yet: the Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2015, highlighted by the distinguished Joe and Nene Guevara Collection; the largest work by Anita Magsasay-Ho ever to be sold at auction to date; and the only known signed work by Isabelo Tampinco. Jose ?Joe? L. Guevara was, during his lifetime, considered a living legend among local journalists where he had the privilege to cover the country?s Presidents from Manuel A. Roxas to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo until his passing in December 2002, and hobnob with society figures, foreign dignitaries, intellectuals, and like-minded individuals. But outside of journalism, Joe, together with his lovely wife Nene, were both gracious hosts and active and discriminating art collectors with their Makati residence housing their extensive collection of Philippine art by Filipino masters, a treasure trove so exceptional it moved a writer to describe it as ?a collector?s envy.? Taking center stage in the peerless Joe and Nene Guevara Collection are two rare and iconic pieces by the muralists' muralist, National Artist Carlos ?Botong? Francisco ? ?Landscape? and ?Camote Diggers?, both from 1969 ? and ?Crucifix? by Ang Kiukok from 1967. Other noteworthy artpieces in this collection include those by Guillermo Tolentino, Eduardo Castrillo, Napoleon Abueva, Ramon Orlina, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Vicente Manansala, Victorio Edades. ?Fish Harvest at Dawn? by Anita Magsaysay-Ho, oil on canvas, signed and dated 1979, is the largest ever work by the artist to be ever to be sold at auction. This most imposing piece from her 'Green Period' bares her imprint of masterfully rendering oil paint in transparent layers, with an inclination for luminous jade green shades inspired by foliage and vegetables. An extremely rare desk and chair from maestro sculptor Isabelo Tampinco from 1901?exquisitely carved from Narra and Balayong?is most singular as it is the only signed work by Tampinco that is kn