Depicting a scene from the legend of Krystyna – written by the chronicler Jan Długosz in the 15th century – the 35cm x 47cm oil painting shows Bishop Stanisław castigating Bolesław for adultery whilst the monarch, resplendent in his armour and finery, glares from behind a billowing curtain.
According to auction house DESA Unicum, the ‘sky’s the limit’ concerning the sale of the three works of art set to go under the hammer tomorrow (Thursday).
Measuring nearly 7 centimetres in diameter and weighing a hefty 174.9 grams, the 50 duct gold coin from 1621 is masterpiece of baroque engraving and a pearl of Polish coinage.
Despite the economic downturn, sales of art have continued to exceed all expectations according to a report by Artinfo.pl.
The cult photo 'Afghan Girl,' taken by Steve McCurry, has sold for over PLN 283,000 (EUR 62,000). As such, it becomes the most expensive photograph sold at auction in Poland, according to DESA Unicum, a Polish auction house.
Designed to demonstrate the flexibility of street art whilst highlighting its relevance to the times, and primed around the slogan Już jest pięknie (It’s already beautiful), the project has seen over 1,000 stickers, stencils and posters daubed in unexpected locations, simultaneously coinciding with both the easing of the lockdown and Desa Unicum’s first street art auction.
The displays will give art lovers the chance to see works that could go for the highest prices ever seen at a Polish auction.
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.