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Dalí at Sea – Our Old Friend Salvador is Back, with Friends

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“The surreal case of Dali’s art and the squandered legacy” from today’s Independent.

What ever happened to “caveat emptor?”

Written by Michael Booth

July 18, 2009 at 7:56 pm

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  1. …hmmm. In the world of prints, I’ve heard and read many times that any Dali print offered is usually a fake, and that the people who sell them usually set up in vacation spots, like Maui, or in this case cruise ships.

    Too bad for the lawyers, but geeze, how stupid can you be? they spend nearly half a million, and they don’t get anyone to authenticate it? And now they say it was their children’s inheritance. Thanks Dad!

    The rich are a particularly special breed of dumb sometimes.

    andy macdougall

    July 24, 2009 at 6:50 am

  2. They did pay for an appraisel and COA…

    It turns out all of that is also more than slightly questionable. Such as pictures of Dali signing with six fingers in the photograph. A picture then 10 years earlier than when the signing per the contract dates and so on…



    September 6, 2009 at 12:51 am

  3. Reminds me of the time I had an art expert at a well known gallery explain the difference between a ‘seriograph’ (her term) and a ‘lithograph’.

    Both being screenprints I had printed. The difference according to her? the ‘Lithograph’ had a printed signature on the image, and then the artist had signed below in pencil.

    If you can produce a fake print, you can produce a fake Certificate of Authenticity. Especially when you have literally hundreds of thousands of dollars available to help pay for your fraud.

    This is the sad reality to our chosen medium – Arguably more than ANY COMMODITY in the world, art prints (or more correctly art in general) has probably the highest mark-up potential between the basic cost of the material and the labour to produce it, and the final selling price. Nothing else appreciates more – not land, not precious metals, not the stock market – but the fact it is essentially paper and ink, made by hand, and easily replicated, makes it potentially the most attractive to unscrupulous and dishonest people.

    Andy MacDougall

    September 9, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    • I read a few years ago that Dalí signed something like 250,000 sheets of blank paper before he died. He was also the darling of the Franco regime.

      Your point is well taken, Andy. Therefore, the safest place to buy graphic art is directly from the artist, preferably in his or her studio. Is that it?

      Mike Booth

      September 9, 2009 at 9:49 pm

  4. I’ll drink a toast to that idea. Just finished flatstock 22 in Seattle this past weekend. 70 plus artists selling screenprints direct to the people. We printed 7 prints onsite over the 3 days – can’t get any fresher or closer to the source than that!

    Any of your readers interested in rock poster art, don’t miss flatstock (europe) 23 in Hamburg at the Reeperbahn music festival in 2 weeks. many of the boys and girls from this side of the pond are making the flight over, and the Euro contingent will be there too.

    Best regards to the Booths! rock that squeegee!

    Andy MacDougall

    September 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm

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