Artifacts from the national hero Jose Rizal are plentiful in museums all across the country.
León Gallery is offering the chance to have some of those priceless letters in your own personal collection—an especially rare chance as most of Rizal’s possessions are government-owned.
A total of four handwritten letters will go up the auction block, with all kept in good condition by Rizal’s sister Maria and her heirs. The century-old letters give an inside look into Rizal without the formalities, showing a more human side of the hero as both a brother and uncle. The four letters—dated and written in 1891 in Hong Kong, in 1895 and 1896 in Dapitan—are addressed to Maria. In the letters, Rizal refers to her as
Cultural writer Bambi Harper describes the contents of the letters by saying, “In [the] letters, he advises her to suffer in this life so that joy may be hers in the next, but also to suffer for the sake of their family name. The man's pride in his profession is also revealed in another letter where he tells Maria to inform a certain Mang Pedro that he can look for another doctor if he’s not enthusiastic about his work; they might believe that he’s in dire need of money so that “
The letters will be sold separately, each with a starting bid of P1,000,000. The “Kingly Treasures Auction” comes full circle with other offerings such as a Félix Resurección Hidalgo portrait of part-Filipino and part-European heiress Nelly Boustead who is known as one of Rizal’s greatest paramours. The lot will include Juan Luna’s sketchbook and
"Portrait of Nelly Bousted" by Felix Resurrection Hidalgo
Pages from Juan Luna's Sketchbook and Diary
Setyee by Isabelo Tampico and a 19th Century Ah-Tay
Other items up for sale include works of art by masters Vicente Manansala, Fernando Zóbel, Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco, and contemporary masters such as Elmer Borlongan, Jose John Santos III, Mark Justiniani, and Rodel Tapaya.
The “Kingly Treasures Auction” will be held at the gallery at Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 2 p.m. 856.2781; [email protected]; leon-gallery.com.