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Leon Gallery’s Spec­tac­u­lar Mid-year Auc­tion 2016 show­cased hand­picked sig­nif­i­cant works by renowned Filipino artists that highly con­trib­uted to Philip­pine history. One of the high­lights of the night was a scult­pure of a wild boar crafted by no less than the na­tional hero Dr Jose Rizal dur­ing the time of his ex­ile in Dap­i­tan in 1895. Through the trust be­stowed by Rizal’s fam­ily, it is a first that a na­tional hero’s mas­ter­piece was of­fered on the auc­tion mar­ket. Among the other artists whose crafts graced one of the year’s big­gest auc­tions were Pablo Amor­solo, Car­los “Bo­tong” Fran­cisco, and the na­tional artist Ben Cabr­era.

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