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.
The PLN 4.72 million was also the largest amount paid for a piece of contemporary Polish art.