Dali's Elephant de Triomphe sets new world record

Elephant de Triomphe, a sculpture by Salvador Dali, made £446,500 ($728,554) at Bonhams' impressionist and modern art sale in London on February 4 - a new world record for a bronze by the artist.

The piece was valued at £350,000 ($570,000) ahead of the auction, equating to a 33.2% increase.

Elephante de Triomphe Dali
Elephant de Triomphe is now the world's most valuable Dali bronze

Executed in 1984 and numbered four of eight, the work consists of an elongated elephant ridden by a golden trumpeter.

Elephants are a recurrent theme in Dali's work, and are often interpreted as symbols of the future, with their spindly legs suggesting the tenuous nature of progress.  

The record price for a work by Dali at auction is held by a painting of Paul Eluard, the French surrealist poet, which achieved £13.4m ($21.5m) in 2011.

Joan Miro's Femme, etoile (1978) made £212,500 ($346,736), towards the higher end of its £180,000-220,000 ($300,000-360,000) estimate.

The painting dates to the end of Miro's career and shows a break with the artist's earlier works, which were highly ordered, towards a style influenced by abstract expressionism.

A number of important art auctions took place in London on February 4, most notably at Christie's where an Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale set a new record for the artist Juan Gris.  

Christie's Art of the Surreal auction took place the same evening and featured an important early painting by Rene Magritte.

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