Salvador Dalí - 20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Bo Ling Cheng Fine Arts, Rolly-Michaux & New York
    Private Collection, New York (acquired from the above in 1985)
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Venice, Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, La Biennale di Venezia XLI, June 10-September 9, 1984, p. 42 (illustrated)
    Ferrara, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, I Dali di Salvador Dali, July 1-September 30, 1984, no. 263, p. 94 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 345)
    Chateau de Vascoeuil, Salvador Dalí, July 1 - October 21, 2001, n.p. (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Robert and Nicolas Descharnes, Dalí, The Hard and The Soft, Spells for the Magic of Form, Sculptures & Objects, Azay-le-Rideau, 2004, no. 69, p. 37 (another example illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Salvador Dalí

    Spanish • 1904 - 1989

    Salvador Dalí was perhaps the most broadly known member of the Surrealist movement of the early twentieth century. Heavily influenced by Sigmund Freud, the avant-garde style explored consciousness and dream-like states through exaggerated landscapes and bizarre or grotesque imagery. Using the means of painting, sculpture, printmaking, film and literature, Dalí explored these ideas with a meticulous hand and inventive wit. 

    Although known for his role in Surrealism, Dalí was also a seminal example of celebrity showmanship and the cult of personality, a phenomenon that dominates popular culture today. Always a colorful and flamboyant presence with his signature cape, wide-eyed expression and trademark upturned waxed mustache, Dalí was a master of self-promotion and spectacle.

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Property from an Important Private Collection, Florida


Vénus à la girafe

incised with the artist's signature and number "Salvador Dalí 5/6” and stamped with the Venturi Arte Foundry mark on the base
bronze with brown patina
61 3/8 x 9 x 26 3/8 in. (156 x 23 x 67 cm.)
Executed in 1973, this work is number 5 from an edition of 6 and is accompanied by a photo-certificate of authenticity issued by Venturi Arte.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $75,000

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20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 13 November 2019