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Auction Report

The Philippines

Ana P. Labrador

ALFREDO ROCES, Kundiman Ng OCW, 1997, oil on canvas, 80 x 120 cm.

A writer once made a distinction between the world's two leading auction houses this way: Sotheby's is comprised of auctioneers pretending to be gentlemen while Christie's is peopled with gentlemen pretending to be auctioneers. Whatever reasons inspired this statement, it is perhaps not without a tinge of disdain for the art market itself. For some people, as Peter Wilson wrote in the preface of his engaging book, From Manet to Manhattan, 'it is…

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