Nov. 24, 2021


The most expensive auction of works on paper in the history of the Polish art market took place yesterday at DESA Unicum. It brought a turnover of over 4 million PLN and record sales for many artists. This splendid outcome proves that the market for works on paper is currently one of the dynamically developing segments of the auction market. It is systematically growing and gaining more and more popularity. 


The ‘Old Masters, 19th Century and Modern Art. Works on Paper' November auction abounded in works of the most prominent Polish artists. The great interest in our offer contributed to the auction being genuinely emotional. It ultimately brought a turnover exceeding 4 million PLN - four times more than the turnover of the previous auction in this area, which in itself constituted a kind of record. 


Witkacy's legacy attracted the most attention from collectors and investors. The sale of all four artist's works available in the offer exceeded the upper estimate and resulted in the following amounts:


"Whale and Andromeda", from the cycle "Astronomical Compositions", 1918 - 840,000 PLN
"Furious count", 1918 - 504,000 PLN
Portrait of Dr Zdzisław Skibiński, 1926 - 432,000 PLN
Portrait of Barbara Mikucka, 1937 - 336,000 PLN



These are not all the good news - ‘Portrait of a Peasant Woman' by Stanisław Wyspiański and a landscape from Nieśwież by Julian Fałata have also achieved excellent results. 

Congratulations to all the successful bidders, and thank you for participating in this emotional auction. 

We invite you to familiarise yourself with the rest of the results from the ‘Old Masters, 19th Century and Modern Art. Works on Paper' auction.