The dramatic achievement of the Filipino work has reinforced international respect for Filipino art, according to Ramon Orlina, president of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP).
says just the same that the feat was still dramatic considering the work was small (28x30 in.) and executed in tempera, which means it's not as lasting as oil.
"Maganda if you really look at it," Orlina
"So it's a matter of supply and demand," Orlina
works are scarce, and the market becomes less and less easy to satisfy.
So collectors fight over her
believes that the sale does not automatically mean that other works by the artist "will go up that way," it means that collectors, particularly foreigners, will take greater
notice of Filipino works.
, too, is happy that Christie's
was impressed by the strong sales of Philippine art so that the venerable auction house might be wooed to hold their auctions right here.
had assisted the AAP
in a rare auction last year, the event was really a charity benefit.
"Now they can really look at the Philippines as a market," says Orlina
, who points out that Christie's
had already held a commercial auction in Thailand.
says Philippine art should learn from the lesson of the Amorsolo episode.
When Christie's first introduced the master in its auctions, an Amorsolo easily fetched P4 million.
tried to repeat the feat with five Amorsolos in its next auction, Orlina
, who was consulted in the authentication process, was shocked to find out that three of the paintings
"From then on, the value of an Amorsolo dipped," Orlina
says that rival auction house Glerum asked him two years ago to authenticate an Anita Magsaysay-Ho that did not subscribe to the characteristic style of the artist.
"It turns out it was commissioned by the G.I. boyfriend of the model," Orlina
To prevent forgeries from undermining the growing international recognition of Philippine art, Orlina
says that the AAP
is trying to establish a "collecting society.
Suspected fakes can be checked against the catalogue so that forgeries can be minimized, Orlina