The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, October 31, 2014


New world record at Bonhams as Dali elephant weighs in at a triumphant £446,500
New world record price for a bronze sculpture by Salvador Dali set at Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art sale. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art sale yesterday (4th February) has set a new world record for a Salvador Dali bronze sculpture among a number of outstanding results. A frenzy of international interest from the packed saleroom, online and on the telephones drove seven of the top ten lots to double, or even triple, their estimates. A great buzz from the telephone bidders set the tone:

Elephant de Triomphe by Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989) triumphed today as it sold for a staggering £446,500 setting a new world record price for a bronze by the artist. The previous record (£313,000) was blown out of the water by the colossal cast bronze emerald elephant which stands at almost 3metres in height. Elephants were used by Dalí as a symbol of the future recurring atop mosquito-like legs in many of his paintings. A golden angel lands on the elephant’s jewelled saddle – a shining fanfare promising a future with great fortune.

Another highlight in the sale was Almen im Marz, Alfons Walde’s wintery work showing an Austrian chalet in the snow which sold for £278,500 – triple its estimates. Bids flew in a continuous stream as multiple telephone bidders and bidders in the room pulled the auctioneer’s attention in all directions.

Other top lots were two works by Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983). Femme, étoile, which translates as ‘Woman, Star’, realised £212,500. Femme, oiseau, étoile (Woman, bird, star) was another work in high demand from bidders in the room. A lengthy stand off between two telephones took the final price to £91,300 – three times higher than its estimates.

A necklace by the surrealist artist and photographer Man Ray (American, 1890-1976) La jolie Pendant realised an incredible £47,000 after an impressive battle between three persistent parties.





Today's News

February 6, 2014

Camille Pissarro, Pierre Bonnard, and Pablo Picasso records broken at Sotheby's London

George Clooney directs A-listers to work for cheap in Robert Edsel's 'Monuments Men'

Previously unknown Brancusi sculpture on view at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam

New world record at Bonhams as Dali elephant weighs in at a triumphant £446,500

Bad Director's Chair: John Waters opens exhibition at Sprüth Magers Berlin

New body of work by the British painter Rachel Howard on view at Blain/Southern

Art made with code: DevArt by Google with the Barbican Centre launched today

The 15th edition of Art Rotterdam opens at a new location: Van Nellefabriek

Mitchell-Innes & Nash opens exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Julije Knifer

Rare French ceramics from Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection featured in new installation at Metropolitan Museum

Tender Bouguereau portrait offered at Bonhams after generations with prominent American family

Laurence Miller Gallery in New York celebrates its 30th anniversary with exhibition

Dads' rights activist jailed for defacing queen portrait at Westminster Abbey last year

Skateboarders force London arts centre to halt demolition plans

Robert G. La France chosen as new director of Owsley Museum at Ball State

Beth Carter's first solo exhibition at Bertrand Delacroix Gallery opens in New York

Portugal still plans Miro art sale despite auction hitch

Fake Chagall painting a 'very bad copy', expert panel rules

Exhibition of new work by Syrian painter Safwan Dahoul opens at Ayyam Gallery Dubai

Reflections on Astley Castle by Witherford Watson Mann at Sir John Soane's Museum

Wright presents Harry Bertoia Sculpture: 15 Years at Wright

'Empire of the Sun' internment camp forgotten in China

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site