One of the leading lights of the art deco movement, it is hoped that Tamara de Lempicka’s Still Life With Tangerines will remain in Poland, although the buyer remains anonymous.
Just two days after appearing on the auction site, bidding for the 47-year-old orange ape’s creation has already reached 2,550 zł.
Learning of the sale, Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage quickly verified the diary’s authenticity before intervening and asking the auction be put on hold.
Over 70 works covering the history of Polish comics went on display at the auction house DESA Unicom in Warsaw where they went for between 1,000 and 30,000 PLN.
The PLN 4.72 million was also the largest amount paid for a piece of contemporary Polish art.
The auction titled Sisterhood: Feminism and the Art of Women raised a total of over 3 million PLN.
‘The Little Insurgent’ statue of a small boy holding a gun has become one of the most recognisable symbols of Warsaw.