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National Museum makes history after joining an auction for the first time

The National Museum just made history as they recently participated in an auction for the very first time and acquired one gem of an item.

Last November, the museum acquired the 1888 Palawan Sketchbook, which features 13 handmade sketches of the island of Palawan, at the Bibliophiles and Explorers Auction. The sketchbook is part of the legendary collection of Don Benito Legarda Jr.

The said author is not known but there is a possibility that this was a work commissioned by former governor of Palawan Felipe Canaga-Argüelles to an artist to further capture the beauty as well as motivate the people to join his campaign.

According to the Leon Gallery Fine Art & Antiques website, this sketchbook was sold for a whopping 408,544 pesos.

Considering that these sketches date way back to 1888, it is no surprise that it was priced this high as it has a very high value given the very intricate details on the sketches.

For those who aren’t familiar, the National Museum is one of the famous attractions in the country that serves as a valuable resource for educating yourself about scientific and cultural institutions. You can explore old documents and preserved exhibits. The museum also showcases art, specimens, and cultural artifacts that represent the unique cultural heritage of the Filipino people.

The institution is authorized to establish, manage, and develop museums that compose the National Museum Complex and the National Planetarium, along with the regional museums present here in the country.

Its history goes way back to the establishment of the Museo-Biblioteca de Filipinas established by the Royal Order of the Spanish Government on August 12, 1887, but was then abolished in 1900 at the start of the American occupation here in the Philippines. October 29, 1901, the Insular Museum of Ethnology, Natural History, and Commerce is seen as a precursor of the National Museum.


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