Thursday, March 31, 2011

Espace Montmartre Paris Dali Coin (2009).

Espace Montmartre Paris Dali Coin (2009)
by Monnaie de Paris.

This coin is a fantastic Dali collectible; it has the feel and appearance of a real coin.  It even has a reeded edge.

It has some weight to it, so it doesn't feel like a chintzy token made of cheap metal.  It is about 34mm in diameter.

The obverse features a melting clock and Dali's signature with the crown logo above it.  The reverse has the Monnaie de Paris logo, dated 2009, and the word "France" written in eight different languages around the edge.

This coin appears to have been "minted" over a number of years.

Here is a picture of the reverse of a different version of this coin that is undated:

Here is another one dated 2001 and marked as a limited edition:

So, it seems that there are at least several versions of this coin for the avid Dali collector to hunt for.

One does't find many of these for sale, but prices seem to range from about $10 - $24.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

FOR SALE: New Salvador Dali Museum (St. Petersburg, Florida) Building Souvenir.

NEW Salvador Dali Museum Building Souvenir,
St. Petersburg, Florida.

This fantastic mini representation of the new Salvador Dali Museum building in St. Petersburg, Fl., has an attractive electroplated surface with a silvery shine.

Makes a nice paperweight, or a great display item.

Comes in original window box, unopened.
Price includes secure shipping to your US location.
Email for cost to ship outside of the US.  All items come from a smoke-free, pet-free, and child-free home.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Salvador Dali Erotic Sketches (Prestel, 2009).

Salvador Dali Erotic Sketches
(Prestel, 2009).

Of the various skills demonstrated by the maestro, perhaps the most underrepresented is Dali's draftsmanship.

This contemporary book fills in a small portion of that gap which is addressed in few other publications.

The design is that of a personal sketch book, with a red ribbon running throught the front and back covers to tie it closed.  Features 35 sketches, several of which I have not seen before. 

An interesting work included here is the uncensored Hidden Faces frontispiece.

One complaint is the wasted space in the form of pages left blank; clearly there is room for more reproductions.

The book concludes with a short essay about Dali by Norbert Wolf (also translated into German), and a detailed list of works illustrated.

This book is currently available for about $15 delivered.

The Fantastic Universe of Salvador DALI (1989).

The Fantastic Universe of Salvador DALI
Catalog of 14 limited edition suites exhibited July-September 1989 at the Salle Gaveau in Paris.

As my Salvador Dali book library grows, books like this become less useful, though they are nontheless artistically appreciable.

The main substance of this catalog are the Dali reproductions taken from various suites of engravings, etchings, lithographs, etc.  Most of the suites are reproduced in color at a decent size of about a quarter-page.

You will find all of these images in the Field catalog, albeit at a lesser quality (my primary gripe with the official Dali print catalog).

You will also find most of these suites reproduced among the combination of two other fine publications: Dali: A Fifty Year Retrospective (Silverstate Fine Art, 2001) and Dali Sculptor - Dali Illustrator (Stratton Foundation, 1989).

It is worthwhile to note that the two above catalogs contain numerous other reproductions as well, making both of them a great resource for any Dali aficionado.

The only suites not covered in the above books, making The Fantastic Universe of Salvador DALI unique in this respect are:
  • The Castle of Otranto (12 etchings reproduced in b&w);
  • The Poems of Mao Tse-Tung (8 etchings reproduced in b&w);
  • Cassandra's Lovers (18 etchings reproduced in b&w);
  • The Furred Venus (20 etchings reproduced in b&w);
  • Paradise Lost (12 etchings reproduced in color);
  • The Quest of the Grail (12 etchings reproduced in color);
  • Nine Landscapes (9 etchings reproduced in b&w).
If all of the above were in color, I would be gushing over this book.

Nevertheless, additional hilights are:
  • Le Tricorne (20 engravings reproduced in color);
  • The Divine Comedy (100 engravings reproduced in color);
  • L'Art D'Aimer (13 engravings reproduced in color);
  • SNCF Posters (6 in color);
  • Moses and Monotheism (10 lithographs and etchings reproduced in color).
Let us not forget the unique cover photo of Dali.  I have never seen that picture reproduced elsewhere.

All-in-all, a neat little book filled with some great reproductions, some not commonly reproduced elsewhere.

The book is relatively rare and you can expect to pay more than $40 for a nice copy.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Comic Images All-Chromium Dali Card Collection (1995).

Comic Images All-Chromium Dali Card Collection (1995).

These reflective and colorful trading cards feature some great Dali images, most of which come from Dali prints and the various media they are derived from.

The back of each card features information and quotes which trace the chronology of Dali's life.  One can read each card in succession like a book.

The base set cosists of 90 cards, and there are several collections of chase cards.

These cards are out of print, but are generally available for purchase around the internet.  Expect to pay about $25 for a complete set of 90.  If you are lucky, you can get the full set with a bunch of chase cards included.

Because of their reflective nature, they are difficult to photograph, so only a couple of pictures are included here for reference.