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BenCab, Joya, And Dalí Editions, Rare Coins And Toys Up For Auction

Let the bidding begin!

Art and pop culture collectors will be heading to Three Salcedo Place tomorrow, July 28, for a two-part auction called "Editions" by Gavel & Block by Salcedo Auctions. There will be prints, sculpture, and décor from international and local artists, plus historical and pop culture collectibles to be auctioned off.


Local and international artists

Works from National Artist Benedicto Reyes Cabrera or BenCab will be up for auction at "Editions." A master of contemporary Philippine art, BenCab’s paintings and prints have been popular in Asia, Europe, and the US. For "Editions," Gavel & Block will be auctioning off his fine artist proof etching “Search,” and digital works on paper and ceramic featuring his iconic “Sabel.” Sabel is a recurring subject in many of BenCab’s work throughout the years, which was inspired by a real-life scavenger he sketched way back in 1965.


BenCab's "Sabel"


Filipino American abstract expressionist artist Alfonso Ossorio was an admirer of and heavily influenced by abstract artist Jackson Pollock. One of his most famous works was the 60-sq.m. “Angry Christ” mural, which became the centerpiece of the St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church in Victorias City, Negros Occidental. For the auction, his serigraph depicting “Janus,” the Roman god of beginnings and endings, will take the stage. The artist proof of “Janus” has been in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum, New York.


Alfonso Ossorio's "Janus"


Alongside BenCab and Ossorio will be prints and pieces from Manuel Rodriguez Sr., Father of Modern Philippine Printmaking; Pacita Abad, known for colorful and vibrant abstract work; Jose Joya, National Artist, known for his abstract paintings and prints; Fernando Zobel, a Spanish-Filipino painter, businessman, art collector, and museum founder; Malang, known best for his comics Kosme the Cop, Chain Gang Charlie, and Beelzebub; and more.

Work from international artists like Marc Chagall’s “Romeo and Juliet” and two photolithographic prints by German Expressionist artist George Grosz which were once held by the Museum of Modern Art, New York will also be under the hammer. So is the work of Salvador Dali, known for his flamboyant moustache and vast variety of art from painting and prints to fashion and film. The color lithograph of “Cosmic Athlete” will be auctioned off at "Editions."


Salvador Dali's "Cosmic Athlete"


Other memorabilia and collectibles

Toy collectors and history junkies will also have a chance to bid on something at "Edition," because Gavel & Block will have a number of pop culture memorabilia and historical collectibles lined up.

In partnership with Dekada collectibles, coins, banknotes, stamps, toys, and pop cultural objects will be auctioned off, including the “King of Philippine Pesos,” which is a rare 1906s US-Philippines 1 Peso Coin PCGS AU-55 that has the distinction of featuring two countries on its faces. The coin is a sought-after piece for coin collectors because there are only 250 coins that remain in existence.



Japanese anime Voltes V has become a phenomenal classic after its original run in 1977, especially in the Philippines. An English dub of Voltes V aired as early as 1978 in the country, before it was banned by then authoritarian president Ferdinand Marcos, due to its underlying themes of revolution. After Marcos was ousted in 1986, the series returned with a Filipino dub, its popularity spurring a number of homages and parodies from local shows. For fans of the series and serious toy collectors, an original Voltes V DX model by the Japanese toy manufacturer Popy will be auctioned off.



The two-part auction by Gavel & Block will be held on July 28 at Three Salcedo Place, 121 Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. At 2PM, "Editions I" will commence, featuring the prints and designs by international and local artists. By 4:30PM, "Editions II" will start off its auction of history and pop culture collectibles. For more information about the highlight pieces, follow Gavel & Block on Instagram.


Featured image by Wig Tysmans from BenCab Museum Facebook