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.