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Lot #426
Salvador Dali Signed Sketch in Book

Superb sketch in The Secret Life of Salvador Dali, one of 119 copies containing an original drawing

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Superb sketch in The Secret Life of Salvador Dali, one of 119 copies containing an original drawing

Signed book: The Secret Life of Salvador Dali. First edition, limited issue, numbered 76/119. NY: Dial Press, 1942. Hardcover with dust jacket and partial slipcase, 8 x 10.25, 400 pages. Signed in full and dated opposite the colophon in black ink, "Salvador Dali, 1942," with the addition of a fantastic full-page sketch of a rooster. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG-/VG, with cracked hinges, light scattered foxing throughout, clipped from jacket flap; the partial slipcase retains one side panel (complete with image of Dali's iconic 'The Persistence of Memory') and the bottom panel, with the top panel detached, and back and opposite side missing. A significant sketch in a highly limited book by the Surrealist master. Accompanied by an autograph letter signed by Dali's wife, Gala, in part (translated): "Here is the subscription card where you can see all the details concerning the book. I’m hoping that the editor will issue some more examples but we are not aware of this happening. This edition is, in reality, limited to at least 119, because we have them all (the editors, us, and some for ourselves). Most of the examples are naturally reserved in advance by our friends. When you send the subscription with a check to Dial Press say that it’s for a friend of Dali’s in order to get an image of your choice drawn by Dali himself."

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Presidents
  • Dates: #658 - Ended February 08, 2023

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