by Dr. Lori Verderame
The world famous Surrealist artist, Salvador Dali produced paintings, prints, and mixed media works of art in the early years of the 1900s. There has been controversy about the authenticity, however, of many of his works on paper.
Just because Salvador Dali signed your print, that does not mean that you have an authentic work on paper. The surrealist artist signed thousands of blank sheets of paper that were later used to reproduce images from his paintings.
Literally thousands of prints have been published that bear Dali’s signature in its many different forms. Dali signed his name in different ways—many of which were actual signatures by the artist’s hand however the images that were laid down on the same piece of paper with that real signature could be a fake.
The most frequently reproduced Dali prints were images of the metamorphosis of Narcissus and the Toreador based on Dali’s famous paintings.
In 1992, a publication blew the lid off the issue of Dali fakes entitled The Great Dali Art Fraud & Other Deceptions. Some of the aspects of that report included Dali’s agreement to a contract where he signed between 17,500 and 20,500 blank sheets of paper for tarot card image prints. It is documented that Dali sold these signed sheets to Leon Amiel, a New Jersey publisher of art books. Also, Dali agreed to sign 13,000+ blank sheets for another buyer for the sum of $520,000.
When Dali was too ill to sign his name to tens of thousands of pieces of paper, he used his thumb print as an equivalent indicator of authenticity.
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