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Salvador Dali Art For Sale: Playing Cards: Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds, Queen of Diamonds and Jack of Diamonds Originals


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Salvador Dali Playing Cards: Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds, Queen of Diamonds and Jack of Diamonds Original
Salvador Dali Playing Cards: Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds, Queen of Diamonds and Jack of Diamonds Original
Salvador Dali Playing Cards: Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds, Queen of Diamonds and Jack of Diamonds Original
Salvador Dali Playing Cards: Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds, Queen of Diamonds and Jack of Diamonds Original
Artist: Salvador Dali (Spain 1904 - 1989)

Title: Set of 4 Original Mixed Media Paintings: Playing Cards - Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds, Queen of Diamonds and Jack of Diamonds

Year: 1967

Style: Surrealist

Medium: Original Mixed Media Paintings

Picture Size: 38 cm wide x 57 cm high

Edition: These are the original artworks signed by Salvador Dali: "Dali 1967"

Authenticity: Authenticated by Robert and Nicolas Descharnes, (Robert Descharnes, was Dali's secretary during the last years of his life). Frank Hunter - Director of The Salvador Dali Archives, Peter Lucas - Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America

Provenance: Private American Collection

Condition: Pristine

Background: Some subjects were a natural for Salvador Dali, especially when they coaxed the sense of humour out of him - and he definitely had a sense of humour! These signed, mixed media works depicting the Ace, King, Queen, and Jack from a deck of playing cards showcase Dali's playful side, while depicting some of the symbolism and motifs that are emblematic of the kingpin of Surrealism.

Of course, it is not a big stretch for Dali to have had an affinity for diamonds, the suit of all four pieces. In Fact, jewels were the focal point of one of Dali's most important and remarkable creative achievements – his famous Dali Art in Jewels, which are now in the Teatru-Museu Dali (Dali Museum) in Figueres, Spain.

Ace of Diamonds: Dali's The Ace of Diamonds presents the watch or clock imagery that is as instantly associated with Salvador Dali as a deck of cards is to a black jack dealer. The centre of the clock is also the bull's eye of a target, in which a knife is impaled. A glistening ant crawls into view as well, a popular Dalinian prop that has alternately come to symbolize extremes – decay on one hand, but also the jewel-like quality of things.

King of Diamonds: The King of Diamonds. The King's nose dematerialises to reveal pieces that look like a rhinoceros horn. Dali was obsessed with the shape of the rhino horn, since it was a naturally occurring example of a perfect logarithmic spiral. In one view, the King of Diamonds' crown offers two spear-like structures that parallel the same shape of his sharply exaggerated nose. Notice the melting watch along the King's head, and how the famous Dali timepiece appears again, when the card is turned 180 degrees, this time appearing on the King's right shoulder. His curly, limpid nose in the former view contrasts sharply with the rigid, dematerialising nose of the latter view – presenting contrasts and playful visual puns that fan the flames of Dali's sense of humour.

The Queen of Diamonds: The Queen of Diamonds, viewed in one direction, has an interesting mouth, nose, and set of eyes – all composed, appropriately enough, of numbers: 8s for her eyes, her nose is a 4, and 8s again constitute her mouth. But turn the card upside down and we see the Queen's eyes and mouth transformed into what might be familiar as a Picasso-like composition. Dali often nodded to other artists that he admired.

You will notice a background figure of a girl skipping rope. This is a recurring, almost obsessive image in many Dali works, for he loved the double-imagery of how the figure of the rope-skipping girl also looked like a bell in a tower, when positioned appropriately in a church nave. The red rose the Queen holds lovingly represents the classic symbol of beauty.

Jack of Diamonds: The Jack of Diamonds completes this four flush of colourful Daliesque delirium. A Cyrano de Bergerac-like nose adds distinctive wit and whimsy to the Jack – a nose so outrageous in its elongation that it requires support from a familiar Dali crutch which is a commonly seen element in Dali's personal symbolism. The Jack's of Diamond's hat has a royal-looking swan emerging from it, while his curly mustache just might remind us of the facial hair of Dali himself.

Turn this delightful card upside down and Dalinian Surrealism springs to life in the form of a human eye in an unlikely juxtaposition with the face; two drawers that are Freudian symbols of introspection and self-analysis; and one of the most popular themes in the artist's works: the figure of a father walking with a child, holding his hand.

Opinion on Playing Cards: Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds, Queen of Diamonds and Jack of Diamonds (Original): The increasing scarcity of Dali's paintings makes them very desirable. The Wall Street Journal reported four years ago: "Over the past five years, the average price paid at auction for a late-period Dali has risen from $108,634 to just over $1 million, according to Art Research Technologies, a New York-based consulting firm that tracks auction prices."

Aware of Salvador Dali's ever increasing popularity; museums are aggressively buying up available paintings. Fine paintings like The Playing Cards: Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds, Queen of Diamonds and Jack of Diamonds rarely become available.

This is an extremely rare opportunity to own this set of Dali's works.

While no one can predict the future, Salvador Dali's art, as it has spectacularly shown in the past, may prove to be an extremely lucrative investment, especially this particular suite of historic artworks.

Price: £1,116,000.00. (Exchange rates - will open in a new page)

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