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Compared to previous years -2015 was a record year for the auction of art, both contemporary and ancient. Turnover of the most important Polish auction houses – DESA Unicum, Agra Art, Pol-swiss Art and Repex increased, by almost half.
In the case of old art it is worth to recalling the work  "Fryne at the festivity of Poseidon in Eleusis" by Henry Siemiradzki, which was sold for PLN 3.45 mln, thanks to which was achieved the highest sale. To attention deserve also paintings: "History lesson" by Jacek Malczewski, sold for PLN 1.947 mln, "Venetian serenade" of William Kotarbiński -PLN 1.728 mln, "Drunk" painted by Eugeniusz  Zak – PLN 1.725 mln, and also the work of Józef Chełmoński "Travelling " worth PLN 1.383 mln
 Post-war works of art reached the record trading too, among them were auctioned: canvas "M 58" by Wojciech Fangor and "Fraucymer" by Tadeusz Brzozowski - both for PLN 923,000 also the paintings of Tadeusz Kantor - ( "Dummy man" – PLN 739,000), Władysław Hasior ( "Bust" – PLN 578,000) and Jerzy Nowosielski ("Girls on the ship "- PLN 555,000).
Record auctions were achieved thanks to interesting works of art. It can be said that, the Polish market is becoming more and more elitist. Such investments are increasingly secure capital investment. Therefore, it can be also concluded that, currently art becomes fashionable - especially the contemporary.
Due to the above factors it can be demonstrated similarity of Polish market to the western. Contemporary art, particularly of young artists, are often purchased by the middle class, among others, doctors, lawyers, and corporate employees. Therefore, the auction houses offer auctions of young art, where we can buy works of promising artists, for relatively small amount. It should  be mentioned about Tomasz Baran - the young generation Cracow artist, whose work recently could be purchased for a few hundred zlotys, while today these amounts range several thousand zlotys.

 

Source:
- "Polish Daily" - The article "Polish art market is worth more than 100 million zlotys" (09.02.2017r.)

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