The price paid for ‘M44’ surpassed the pre-sale estimate of PLN 700,000-900,000, and also indicated that online auctions could now hold their own against traditional ones.
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.
Installed inside the Palace of Culture & Science in the 1950s, Alina Szapocznikow’s Przyjaźń (Friendship) sculptor was removed after the fall of communism and kept in the garden of the removal firm’s boss. Now worth nearly 1 million PLN, he’s selling it, but Palace officials want it back.
The PLN 4.72 million was also the largest amount paid for a piece of contemporary Polish art.