Entitled ‘Postać’ (Figure), the 89x89cm oil on board went for 1.6 million PLN at the Warsaw auction. After the buyer’s premium was added by the auction house the value went to 1.92 million PLN.
Of the works set for auction, the vast majority are defined by their arresting quirks and details. Samanta Belling from MAG Modern Art Gallery in Warsaw tells TFN: “The direction that Polish fantastic art has taken is thrilling and I think there’s potential for it to become known around the world.”
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.