Posting photos of the weapon on its website, Berlin auction house Carsten Zeige said that the sword “probably belonged to Sigismund III Vasa and came from a pre-war Polish collection.”
A German auction house has suspended the sale of a painting stolen from a Warsaw museum following protests from Poland.
Poland’s foreign minister has said that the sale in Germany of a painting stolen from Warsaw’s National Museum should never have taken place.
A Polish painting stolen from the National Museum in Warsaw has been sold at a Berlin auction house despite Polish requests that be withdrawn from the sale.
Expected to fetch between PLN 14 and PLN 22 million, which would have made it the most expensive artwork sold in Poland, the painting by Jacek Malczewski was being prepared for auction at the DESA Unicum auction house when police and staff from the National Museum arrived.
The staggering amount is one of the highest prices ever fetched at an art auction in Poland.
The photos of the legendary unit which fought in the Battle of Monte Cassino belonged to Captain Wincenty Tomaszewski, an officer of the Carpathian Lancers who after the war settled in Grimsby, UK.
Put on the market in 2021 for €790,000, the picturesque mansion in Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse 35 km from Paris, will now be renovated and turned into a base for the House of Sisterhood aimed at uniting Ukrainian and Polish women in their efforts to help women and children fleeing war.
Comfortably surpassing its original valuation, the painting Portrait of a Lady (After Louis Leopold Boilly) by Ewa Juszkiewicz went under the hammer alongside works by such luminaries as Banksy, Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool and Gerhard Richter. The auction held by the New York branch of the globally renowned Christie’s has served to underline Juszkiewicz’s soaring stock.
Involving some of the biggest names in Polish art, an online auction organized by Café Bergson in Oświęcim is underway to raise funds to finance language courses for Ukrainian refugees.