Portrait by Edouard Manet was sold in Poland for less than $50 thousand
ARTinvestment.RU   11 февраля 2020

Painting, the authorship of which has yet to be confirmed by experts, and got for nothing the owner of an antique shop in the town of Szczecin

"portrait of a woman", which may be the only in Poland the work of one of the founders of French impressionism, was bought by the owner of a small antique shop in the city of Szczecin, Jacek Bukowski in just 160 million Polish zlotys (approximately $41 thousand) — for the price of a work by an unknown artist of the mid-nineteenth century.

And the signature on the painting, and confirmed provenance, and the style in which the work was performed, do not leave almost no doubt as to the authorship of the portrait, however, Bukowski, commenting on this transaction, said that "the authorship of the Manet must confirm in French painting, preferably from museums that have his work, — such as the Musee d'orsay in Paris. Until that happens, the portrait can be attributed only to the master of the circle of the Impressionists, and the price of such paintings fluctuate around 160 000 PLN". Such examination can cost about 20 thousand zlotys ($ 5 million) and such money of the owners was not.

Portrait appeared in the family of the previous owner after the war: in Poland it brought the soldiers of the Anders army. He claimed that he had received a picture from one Italian in gratitude for saving his life. The man handed the picture to her granddaughter, who knew her story, but had no idea about the real value of the painting. The last 40 years the portrait hung in the dressing room in a family house of the heirs of the soldier in the city of Bytom.

it is Known that the experts who have already completed a preliminary examination to believe that the product has all the characteristics of Manet's paintings, including the original signature. And in that moment, when in the hands of the current owner of the portrait, antique Jacek Bukowski, will be the official conclusion of the experts, — it, spending $40 thousand for the painting and $5 thousand for examination, may become the owner of the work, estimated at millions of dollars.

Source: thefirstnews.com

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