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I have a limited edition of the above Litho, 142 of 300, signed and Certificate of Authenticity, is this valuable

Dear Alex,

Thank you for your question. I am not sure to which image you are referring with the title 'Dali Dreams of Christopher Columbus'.  Generally speaking, a signed, limited edition lithograph by Salvador Dali would be reasonably valuable, with value varying widely depending on a number of factors.  The problem, however, is that Dali's graphics can be a very sticky subject due to the proliferation of fake images and signatures on the market.  I understand you have a certificate of authenticity for your lithograph, but even these can be forged.  

As I said, I do not know for sure which image you are referring to with the given title. In 1979, Dali did create a hand-signed work called 'Christopher Columbus Discovers America'; Columbus appears dressed in red and by himself.  From your description, however, I suspect you may have a lithograph based one the oil painting 'The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus' #1958-59, Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL#, which is sometimes incorrectly known as 'Dream of Christopher Columbus'.  This lithograph has been the subject of several other allexperts questions, and the general news is, unfortunately, not good.  Firstly, I cannot find any information regarding an edition of 300.  Indeed, my concerns are heightened in that someone else wrote in to allexperts a couple years ago saying that he had a pencil-signed limited edition of 'The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus' with an edition of 990, and someone else wrote in about an edition of 250. With diverse edition sizes, I am fearing you probably have a lithograph that is known as an 'after' and which Dali had no hand in producing or signing.  

The only exception might be the following: According to Albert Field's Official Catalogue of Dali's Graphic Works, about 1,990 lithographs were produced in 1970 based on the painting 'Christopher Columbus Discovers America'.  These were signed by Dali and sold at the Dali Museum in Cleveland.  However, I do not believe they were numbered, and they should not have been numbered only up to 500.  

I'm sorry not to have better news for you.  If you want to have the image examined by a true authenticator #I am neither an authenticator nor an appraiser#, I would recommend contacting the Salvador Dali Society at

Good luck,

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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.


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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