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.
Discovered in the city of Chorzów in southern Poland, the handpicked team of crack officers seized computer equipment, a printer, paper for the production of the fake banknotes as well as a pile of counterfeit notes.
According to shipping documents, the cargo was supposed to contain construction materials but instead had almost 33 million cigarettes without excise stamps.
Nicole Baryła, 14, and Łukasz Furtak, 16, were found staying in a luxurious EUR 1,400 per night apartment in the Italian capital after disappearing from their homes in Bydgoszcz and sparking a two-week manhunt.
In a coordinated swoop in cities across Poland, over 500 officers stormed the Cocomo chain of clubs seizing documents, phones and computers. They also confiscated items worth 1.2 million PLN in the form of cash, cars luxury watches and jewellery.
Plank Nailed: Hungarian mobster Zoltan Plank was seized by a specialist police unit known as the ‘Head Hunters’ after they received a tip off about an address in the town of Kepno in south-central Poland.
Community cop Fabian Walotek had been on duty when he spotted smoke pouring from a 10th floor apartment block in Sosnowiec, southwest Poland. Hammering on the front door and failing to get an answer he then heard a faint ‘moaning’ sound.
Poland's Police Central Investigation Bureau (CBSP) has seized 48 firearms, 30,000 rounds of ammunition and several grenades in an operation carried out in three provinces.
Plundered by Germans at the end of WWII, the painting by Art Nouveau artist Edward Okuń is said to be worth over a million PLN.
Finding the woman lying on the ground with the baby’s head already visible, Sgt. Ireneusz Iwańczyk whipped out a pair of latex gloves and proceeded to deliver the baby on the spot, as the woman’s dumbstruck husband watched on.