Sunday, May 22, 2011

Figueres Museum Framed Dali Souvenir of "Leda Atomica."

Figueres Museum
Framed Dali Souvenir of "Leda Atomica."

This interesting item recently joined my Dali collection in need of some restoration.  It has since been restored with all original parts.

This is a gold-tone frame with a reproduction of Dali's Leda Atomica (1949) mounted on a clear piece of glass with a gold pinstripe outline.

The reproduction itself appears to be a photomechanical print mounted to a convex piece of wood.  The rear of the wood reveals that it is glued to the glass.  It states:


The wood's convexity is odd, but appears to give the reproduction a 3-D effect.

I have never seen a collectible/souvenir like this before, and I have no idea when it was produced.  Estimating its value is tricky without additional information, but I tentatively put its value at about $50.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Salvador Dali Institute Dedication Coin / Medal / Medallion.

Salvador Dali Institute
Dedication Coin / Medal / Medallion.

Here is another of those totally cool and ultra rare items from my Salvador Dali Collection.

This coin was issued to commemorate the opening of the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida back in 1982.

It is #39 of a limited edition of 500.  It has the appearance of a silver proof coin, with a shiny surface.  It is solid sterling silver with a rhodium plating, was designed by Italcambio and minted by Monilart, both in Italy.  It weighs about 28.2 grams and has a 37 mm diameter.

Considering the rarity of this item, if could be worth from $50-$100.

Playing Cards / Poker Decks with Case Designed by Dali.

Playing Cards / Poker Decks
with Case Designed by Dali.

This is one of those enigmatic and seemingly rare Dalinian creations that I have never seen before now.  But, for all I know, there are a thousand of these things sitting in a gift shop in the Philippines.

Seriously, the poker cards designed by Dali typically come in a black box, though I once saw them in a wood presentation case (possibly the second edition/reissue?).  The leatherette card case seen here purports to be a "Dali design."

Did Dali design this case?  I have my doubts.

Nevertheless, the outside is decorated with a Dalinian crown symbol, some G's, S's, D's, and Dali's signature.  Two of the corners have a gold-tone piece of metal with the crown insignia.  In spite of this, the design just doesn't seem like something Dali would create.

The clasp is held by magnetic force, which is a nice touch.  Inside we find storage space for two decks of cards.  There is smooth fabric under each deck.  In my opinion, the straps that hold the cards in place seem chintzy and poorly-designed.

The card decks are unopened, but my gut tells me that these decks are probably a second edition or a reissue, as opposed to a first edition.  It just seems unlikely that this case and these cards have remained in such a mint state since the original release of the cards in the late 1960's.

And, yes, the cards have gold gilt edges and the Dali designs.

Well, you saw it here first, and not in an overseas gift shop!

In pricing this item, it is known that the unopened card decks could easily sell for $175.  The case adds another $20 to that price, and if it is truly a Dali design, it could add another $50 or more to the value.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali: Similarities and Contrasts (A. Reynolds Morse, 1973).

Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali: Similarities and Contrasts
by A. Reynolds Morse, 1973.

If you're in the mood to read a book about how Salvador Dali is superior to Pablo Picasso in every way, then this book is for you.  This thesis should not be surprising; after all, the book is written by 20th century's greatest Dali cheerleader: A. Reynolds Morse.

The book stays true to its title, providing Morse's opinion of the major similarities and differences between the two greatest artists of the last century. 

The juxtaposition of Dali and Picasso images related to same/similar themes provides an interesting glimpse into Picasso's invention followed by Dali's interpretation.  Of course, in many ways, Picasso is shown to have set the stage for Dali, though according to Morse, Dali did it better.

It is ultimately up to the reader to decide who was better, but Morse is transparent in his devotion to Dali.

A number of filler texts are included in this volume, such as Picasso i Yo (Spanish holograph text, 1951) and its English translation.  Most of the texts are largely uninteresting and their inclusion was clearly to fill up space.

This book is quite uncommon, however it is readily available for fewer than $20.