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WARHOL, Kusama, Botong. Some artists are so well known that one does not have to use their full names to know what is in store for the viewer. Some works by the singular names can be found in the upcoming auction, “Art & Design,” by Salcedo Auction’s subsidiary, Gavel & Block.

The online auction will be held on Feb. 5, starting at 11 a.m., on salcedoauctions.com.

The auction house’s first sale of the year, co-presented by HSBC Premier, is divided into four themes: Orient Express, Femme Fatale, Master’s Series, A Man’s World, and Pop Phenomenon.

The Masters Series is where one finds the singular names Ocampo, Luz, Botong, Alcuaz, Orlina, Malang, Manansala. Among the many works up for auction are the 1977 watercolor on paper piece Abstraction series and a 1974 untitled ink sketch by National Artist H.R Ocampo; an acrylic collage on paper, Kyoto Series 1 (2014) by National Artist Arturo Luz, along with one of his signature sculptures, Homage to Isamu Noguchi (2015); and National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco’s lithograph, Dama Players.

More singular names are found in the section The Femme Fatale — a selection of works focusing on the female face and form — including Warhol, Magsaysay-Ho, Garibay, Olazo. Among the pieces are a lot of four plates featuring Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe (1997), licensed by AWF and the Estate of Marilyn Monroe. There are also nude drawings by Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Emmanuel Garibay, and Romulo Olazo. Following the “feminine” theme, there are also silk scarves including a Hermes’ Carrossier silk scarf by Philippe Ledoux, and a Passementerie silk scarf by Francoise Heron.

Kusama is another famous name that can be found in the Pop Phenomenon selection alongside Warhol. The section includes Yayoi Kusama’s A Lot of 2 Pumpkins; a plate featuring Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can (1997); and a pair of yellow and red Trioli children’s chairs in rotational-molded polyethylene.

The Orient Express section pays homage to the famous transcontinental railway service (which will be relaunched in 2023) by focusing on décor and furnishings inspired by the train. These include the Flower chair by Pierre Paulin for Magis, made of smoke gray transparent polycarbonate with a dark red cushion; a lot of four Vega martini glasses by Baccarat; and a hibiscus-colored polyurethane foam Amoebe chair designed in the 1970s by Verner Panton for Vitra. Singular names can also be found here: Luz and Impy, among several others, with glass works, sculptures, paintings that somehow suggest the world of the Orient Express.

Finally, A Man’s World focuses on objects and art which exude a certain air of masculinity. These range from landscapes by Cesar Buenaventura, a director’s chair by Philippe Starke, an antique Gub Glashutte ’56-hour marine chronometer, and a carriage wheel chessboard on sugar press base.

To preview the lots at the gallery — located at the NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Ave., Makati — , contact Kristine Sanders (0905-464-2802) to set a schedule. The e-catalog is available at salcedoauctions.com, where interested bidders can also register.