Top-selling paintings and religious art at Casa de Memoria online auctions

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    SPANISH artist Betsy Westendorp Brias’ exquisite oil paintings “Crystal Palace” and “Summer Nights” fetched a total price of over P3 million at the recent Casa de Memoria’s “Primero and Segundo.”

    The successful two-day virtual event marked the auction house’s fourth anniversary and was held for the benefit of Sta. Ana Hospital to help the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

    Aside from the inspired paintings, religious iconographies were also among the top-selling lots during the auction, with four lots collectively raking in over P1.3 million.

    Some highlights among the ecclesiastical art at the auctions were the “Our Lady of Guadalupe” painting, a Peruvian portable altarpiece “Adoration of The Magi,” as well as a 19th-century oil painting showing the circumcision of Infant Christ.

    The auction likewise featured Casa de Memoria’s unrivaled curated selection of antiquities and heirlooms including furniture, jewelry, sculptures, and centerpieces, among many other Euro-Filipino objets d’art.

    Part of the proceeds of the auctions went toward the construction of the emergency quarantine facility at the Sta. Ana Hospital, Manila designed by WTA Architecture & Design.