Dali illustrated prose poem realises $105,000 at Roseberys

A copy of Les Chants Del Moldorer, a prose poem illustrated by Salvador Dali, realised £65,000 ($104,834) at a sale of the celebrated surrealist's work at Roseberys in London on October 17.

The prose poem, written by Comte de Lautreamont circa 1868-1869, was a major influence on subsequent generations of surrealists - including Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Dali.

Maldorer Dali Roseberys
The poem heavily influenced the
surrealist movement

Dali was commissioned to produce a set of 44 heliogravures for the manuscript in 1934, but due to financial difficulties in the publishing company, only 100 were ever printed.

The lot also featured two etchings originally intended to be in the book and later removed, along with a handwritten letter and postcard, signed by the artist.

Another illustrated book, written by avant garde poet and performance artist Tristan Tzara, and featuring a drypoint etching frontispiece by Dali, sold for £19,000 ($30,643).

The etching is signed by Dali in pencil: "To Louis Broder, these eggs, these pans, these silences and friendship of Tristan Tzara."

The work was published in 1935 and is numbered three of an edition of 15.

Rhinoceros Habille en Dentelles (Rhinoceros Dressed in Lace), a bronze sculpture in Florentine green and gold patina, sold for £18,500 ($29,837).

An example from the same edition made $28,159 in France in 2010.

We have a strong range of artist's autographs in stock, including this example from Monet.

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