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Brent W Thomas wrote at 2012-03-21 19:13:40
I am inclined to believe your report on "Victorious Athlete" as being a fake. I purchased this "limited edition" print from Center Art Gallery in Hawaii in the mid 80's. They also had the "Lincoln In DaliVision" as well ( a nice looking work). After some years I contacted them about getting a refund on the print. Their response was "we don't buy art objects back again". When I told them what Dali work I was talking about they said that was their Only exception and I eventually did get my money back on I suspect they too knew it was a fake. I could NEVER find this print in any catalog of known Dali work so that too was a clue. I was lucky to get my $$ back again.

Nice article....thanks for the good info.

Brent wrote at 2013-07-24 19:24:07
While doing my own research I found some very disturbing facts that even goes beyond the excellent response from Elliott. In the mid 80's I purchased 2 of the so-called Victorious Athlete by Dali from what I thought was a reputable art gallery...namely Centre Art Gallery of Oahu, HA. After a couple years of ownership I grew suspisious of the art work when I could not find it listed in any of the reputable books of Dali works.

Luckily I was able to contact Centre Art Gallery and they refunded my money when I returned the prints. The Art Gallery has since gone out of business in 1995 and the principle owners were sentenced to prison for art fraud. But even more distubing is the allegation that Dali himself was an accomplice to this crime. He was paid 100's of $1000's to sign 1000's of BLANK sheets of art quality paper that was later printed with just about any image the crooks wanted and could assign the work to Dali. Unfortunately this also included my Victorious Athlete, Lincoln in DaliVision, Tarot Cards and who knows how many others. The art broker and many, many art dealers across the country were involved in the fraud that collected many Millions of $$$ for the crooks and lined their pockets with the dollars of hard working and trusting public.

Buyer beware...please see this link for credibility of my claim.

PS > I also may be the current owner of a fake Anthony Quinn print (also bought from Centre Art Gallery) which is also mentioned in the article.

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Elliott H. King


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.


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).

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.

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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