Dali's playing card lithographs will lead auction with $40,000 estimate

A set of playing card lithographs by Salvador Dali will highlight Rosebery's October 17 auction with a valuation of £20,000-25,000 ($32,055-40,068).  

The 17 prints, one of a limited run of 150, date to 1970 and feature surrealist designs of the various face cards.

Other highlights of the 170-lot London, UK sale, entirely dedicated to Dali, include two bronze statues. The first, titled "Rhinoceros Habbille en Dentelles" (Rhinoceros dressed in Lace), consists of a rhino carved in gold and green patina, and set on a plinth. The piece carries an estimate of £15,000-20,000 ($24,041-32,055).

Dali playing cards
The prints date from 1970 and were produced in a limited run of 150

The other statue, Le Minotaure, features a cow headed woman in black and gold adorned with various Dali-esque accoutrements including lobsters, telephones and clocks. It has been valued at £10,000-15,000 ($16,027-24,041).

Le Minotaure
The statue was cast in 1981 by Airaindor/Valsuani Cire Perdue foundry

A number of other prints and drawings will feature in the sale.

Marcus Grey, Rosebery's paintings expert, commented: "The work spans the whole of Dali's career from his early days right through to examples influenced by American Pop Art in the 1960s and 70s.

"People familiar just with Dali's most reproduced surrealist works will be staggered to see the full range and extent of the graphic work he produced. It is not surprising he is cited as a major influence on contemporary artists the world over."  

This has been a strong year for sales of Dali's work. A recent auction at Dreweatts in July of this year saw a brooch, known as the Eye of Time, achieve an impressive £96,000 ($145,450) - a 700% increase on its £12,000 ($19,233) estimate.

Another auction due to take place tomorrow (September 27) will see the sale of a sketch Dali drew for Wallis Simpson.

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