Salvador Dalis works expected to fetch PS1m at London auction

December 12th, 2008 - 12:49 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 12 (ANI): A collection of bronze sculptures modelled by the surrealist Salvador Dali are expected to fetch up to 1 million pounds at an auction in London.

The artist, who is better known for his paintings, created the 44 works despite the onset of Parkinson’’s disease and by a swimming pool at his summer residence in Port Lligat, Spain.

They include a jewelled talisman, a dragon, a mythical lion and a silhouette of a flamenco dancer.

Bonhams, in New Bond Street, London, which is auctioning the items, said Dali created them through the difficult “lost wax” medium, reports BBC.

Isidro Clot, who commissioned the works, called them “Dalinian origami”.

The process involved working at speed to knead quick-cooling wax into its final form before it hardened, then using the wax sculpture as a mould for the molten bronze.

The wax model was destroyed or “lost” when the finished article was removed from it, thus making the finished unique piece.

“As Dali’’s friend, I could stay at his side chatting non-stop while his hands created the pieces of the collection,” recalled Isidro Clot, who described the method as “wisely folding instead of true modelling”.

A Bonhams spokesman said: “The works are fluid in style, which indicates the pleasant atmosphere of freedom in which these sculptures of the Clot Collection were created.” (ANI)

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