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I have a numbered and signed Salvadore Dali lithograph purchased in NY over 30 years ago.  It was damaged by Hurricane Rita and has water and rust stains. Is there any hope of salvaging this piece?  The water ran down the walls, got the hardware wet on the back and due to being locked up in a wet, humid, house for a month the hardware rusted and leached onto the artwork. If so, we might consider it due to the fact we would like to sell it. We had no help from the insurance company. We are one of many.  Thank you and kindest regards, Deborah

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Dear Deborah,

Thank you for your question, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation!  

Art conservators can do amazing things to repair damaged works of art, though the process is often expensive and I believe water damage is one of the more difficult problems to remedy.  You will want to consult an art conservator, preferably one who specializes in works on paper.  Your local art museum should be able to recommend someone, or you might google 'art conservation' and see if any businesses or university programs are nearby. Please do not attempt any repairs yourself, as you are likely to do more damage!

As you may be interested in selling your work, you may wish to have your Dali examined and appraised in order to weigh whether conservation is worth the expense.  Dali graphics vary wildly in price, and conservation could easily cost more than the value of the lithograph #esp. given the great number of forged graphics out there#. I can provide you with some rudimentary information, though I recommend consulting a specialist in Dali graphics; possibilities include #but are not limited to# Bernard Ewell in Santa Fe, NM, the Salvador Dali Society in Los Angeles, CA, and the Salvador Dali Archives in New York.

I hope this is helpful.  Good luck!
Kind regards,
Elliott

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As a professional art historian, I can answer questions related to the art and life of Salvador Dalí. I am neither an art broker nor an appraiser, so I cannot answer questions regarding a work's value or authenticity; however, I can refer you to individuals who work in the Dali market.

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I am an art historian specializing in Salvador Dalí. For over ten years, I have been a pioneer in the critical study of ‘Late Dalí’ (i.e., the artist's work after 1940). I have presented extensively on aspects of Dalí’s production at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Tate Modern, L’Université de Lausanne, Cerisy la Salle, the University of London, and Harvard University, and I have been a guest lecturer at Cambridge University and the University of Chicago. I have published several essays about Dalí in addition to my book, 'Dalí, Surrealism, and Cinema' (Kamera Books, 2007). I have also contributed to major international exhibitions of Dalí's work, including the Dalí Centenary Exhibition (2004-05) and 'Dalí & Film' (2007-08).

Publications
BOOKS "Dalí: The Late Work", High Museum of Art, Atlanta in association with Yale UP, 2010. "Dalí, Surrealism and Cinema", Kamera Books, Herts (UK), 2007. ESSAYS, ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS • “Little Black Dress, Little Red Book: Dalí, Mao, and Monarchy (with Special Attention to Trajan’s Glorious Testicles)”, in Michael R. Taylor (ed.), The Dalí Renaissance: New Perspectives on His Life and Art after 1940, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 2008, pp. 90111. • “The Prodigious Story of the Lacemaker and the Rhinoceros”, in ibid, pp. 190204. • “Crazy Movies That Disappear”, in Matthew Gale (ed.), Dalí and Film, Tate Publishing, London / Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2007, pp. 214229. Published also in Spanish as "Dalí y el cine", Electa, Madrid, 2008. • “Le temps dalínien fait mouche: Réflexions sur les « montres molles »”, in Astrid Ruffa, Philippe Kaenel, Danielle Chaperon (eds.), "Salvador Dalí à la croisée des savoirs", Éditions Desjonquères, Paris, 2007, pp. 3752. • “Winged Fantasy with Lead Feet: The Influence of Llullism and Hiparxiologi on Dalí’s Mysticism”, in Hank Hine, William Jeffett and Kelly Reynolds (eds.), "Persistence & Memory: New Critical Perspectives on Dalí at the Centennial", Bompiani Arte, Milan, 2004, pp. 189193. EXHIBITION CATALOGUES: ENTRIES • Dawn Ades and Michael R. Taylor (eds.), "Dalí", Bompiani Arte, Milan, 2004. EXHIBITION CATALOGUES: BIBLIOGRAPHIES, FILMOGRAPHIES AND CHRONOLOGIES • “Dalí Filmography”, published in Matthew Gale (ed.), "Dalí and Film", op.cit., pp. 230231. • “A Cinematic Chronology of Dalí, 19411989”, in ibid, pp. 160163. • Compiled the most complete bibliography of Dalí resources todate, published in Dawn Ades and Michael R. Taylor (eds.), "Dalí", op.cit., pp. 568598.

Education/Credentials
Ph.D, Art History and Theory (2010) University of Essex, Colchester, England M.A. with Distinction in Dissertation, History of Art (2001) Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England B.A. summa cum laude, Art History (hons., Phi Beta Kappa) University of Denver, Denver, Colorado

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