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Here's How You Can Buy Affordable Art by the Likes of BenCab and Dali

Ready, set, bid!
Here's How You Can Buy Affordable Art by the Likes of BenCab and Dali
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Ready, set, bid!

If you're a young art enthusiast who is ready to start his collection, Salcedo Auctions bears good news! Its newest subsidiary, Gavel & Block, is the perfect platform to do so. Gavel & Block will introduce a fresh, out of the box, and immersive event in collaboration with culinary group The Gourmand Market and creative event hub Green Sun located at the Pasong Tamo Extension district. They are also slated to stage quarterly events where millennials can explore collecting art and various valuable collectibles.

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BenCab, Edsa Event, 2011, Etching 6/20. Bid starts at: P30, 000-P33, 000

Gavel & Block will be holding its first auction on July 29 entitled "Editions" at The Axon, Green Sun and will feature fine prints, ceramics, and sculptures by local and international masters. Among the artists featured are Mauro Malang Santos, national artists Ang Kiukok, BenCab, and the world-renowned surrealist Salvador Dali.

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Ang Kiukok, Veronica, Undated, Serigraph 3/130, Bid starts at: P20, 000-P22, 000

But if you're worrying about spending hundreds of thousands, fret not! Bidding starts at a relatively low price. For example, some BenCab creations have a starting bid of only P3000, a Picasso or Dali masterpieces starting at P35,000 each!

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Salvador Dalí, Les Entre-Plats Sodomisés, 1971, Lithograph 200/395, Bid starts at: P100, 000-P120, 000

“Gavel & Block is for a progressive audience that appreciates art and design across all forms and media,” says Salcedo Auctions director Richie Lerma. “Gavel & Block is accessible because we want to bring the experience of auctions to a wider audience, educating and developing aesthetic sensibilities at the same time.”

Apart from great art, Gavel & Block is also an advocate of good food and company. “Food is a great reason to go out, socialize, and have a sensory experience that can be shared. So is the viewing of art; so I thought that gastronomy and visual art naturally complement one another–thus the collaboration with The Gourmand Market.”

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Mauro Malang Santos, Untitled (Woman with Fish), 1995, Serigraph 1/30, Bid starts at: P24, 000-P26, 000

“Though auctions may seem intimidating at first, Gavel & Block promises to change that, providing a unique, exciting experience that everyone can enjoy.” In fact, they have a weeklong preview of the art to be auctioned at Three Salcedo Place in Makati. You can drop by the gallery from 10am to 6pm until July 26. You can also catch a preview at The Axon in Green Sun on July 28. The auction proper will start at 2pm on July 29 at The Axon, Green Sun with a printmaking demonstration to showcase the intricate method of creating and producing art.

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Interested to join? You can check the 77 items up for auction here and download telephone or absentee bid forms here and send it via fax at 659-4049 or email it to info@salcedoauctions.com.

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