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Lot 66 : (on 20) SALVADOR DALI (Spanish, 1904-1989)

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(on 20) SALVADOR DALI (Spanish, 1904-1989)
Paradise/Canto I/Dante from Dante's The Divine Comedy
Cantos I, II, III, IV, V, VI VII IX, XII, XIII, XVI, XVIII, XX, XXI, XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXX, XXXII, XXXIII
artist sgn. in pencil l.l. beneath image
Dali; red signature in the plate; in pencil l.r. H.C.
colored wood engraving on RIVAS paper, image measures approx. 9.5 by 7 in.; sheet measures 13 by 10.5 in., mounted on mat, each mat with Canto number and title in pencil; in double blue cloth bound case
From the collection of a Connecticut gentleman, purchased around 1995 from a friend who lived in Paris. "This friend kept some and gave others away as gifts. He had acquired them from Robert Descharnes. I attended several dinners at a brasserie on the Ave Matignon in Paris. Dinners involving me at that restaurant occurred on a variety of occasions with various high flyers in the French art world, including Descharnes in 2005. None of the dinners involved purchases by me and were social events."
This group of lovely prints bearing Dali's signature is being sold for what they are with no inference that they are from the original 1951-1964 series. Descharnes (1926-2014), served as Dali's secretary, and after his death, administrator of his copyright. He is considered a controversial character when in 1986 he persuaded the elderly infirmed Dali to transfer his copyright for 20 years to a company managed by Darcharnes.
Estimate: $500 - $1,000


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