Sunday, March 27, 2011

Once in a Blue Moon: A Juan Luna on eBay

In this day and age, who would have thought that we can still find a Juan Luna painting not in the hands of wealthy private collectors or hanging inside the gallery of established museums?

Well, there is one on eBay right now, the bidding of which will end in less than two days. The bid is now up to $12,000.00 and counting...

The said painting is entitled, "Joaquin Pardo de Tavera- Age Four- 1888" which according to the seller goldeneye, he was commissioned by a US- based descendant of the Pardo de Tavera clan to dispose some of the family's heirlooms which also included old medals, badges, etc. Thus, a note to the skeptics, the provenance of the painting can easily be traced if you ever win the said auction.

However, the said painting has some imperfections (watermarks) and has undergone some restoration in the past by or under the aegis of another famed Filipino Alfonso Tiburcio Ongpin. Still, and being a history buff, the historical value of this work of art is quite significant. It would be awesome if a Filipino will win the auction and return this rare piece of art to the Philippines where it belongs.

And if only I had the money to compete with the other bidders, I would certainly do it in a heartbeat. Yes, reality bites in this case and so I will just be contented watching in the sidelines but not before putting a one- time bid (despite knowing the futility of ever winning the painting) which probably contributed to the bidding frenzy. Thus, I can say that I was part of history when a Luna got sold on eBay.

How's that for showing a bit of a mean streak or in this case, painting envy? hehehe

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Vietnam 1965: Joe Kubert captures the action and confusion of the men in the heat of battle through his ink and style. In this fiction loosely based on real events of the Vietnam War, he was able to depict the story clearly with his unique brand of illustrations- raw, rough and real.

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