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I just bought Salvador Dali - Alice in Wonderland - The Pool of Tears and The Lobster Quadrille, both framed, for $2450 each, including s&h and insurance to Dallas, TX, from Franklin Bowles Galleries at San Francisco.
Do you think $2450 is fair value? what you think is fair value for the whole collection?
However, I found http://www.lockportstreetgallery.com/AinW.htm sell only 1/3 of the price, do you think they're legit?
Can you recommend me a good art dealer who sell Salvador Dali Alice In Wonderland ?

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Dear Eddie,

Thank you for your question, and congratulations on your purchase of the Alice in Wonderland graphics.  I am not an appraiser, so I cannot give you much information on value beyond some basic research I have at my disposal.  According to Bruce Hochman's 2007 price guide for Dali's graphics, the entire Alice in Wonderland suite of 13 graphics values at $15,800 (or $1,215 each, not including shipping, framing and insurance#.  I have observed that this book's estimations are generally a bit higher than actual market, but it gives you an idea.  This isn't to say, necessarily, that you paid an unfair price: Hochman's guide does not say anything about the different papers on which the Alice series was printed, and prices will vary depending on the type of paper, etc.  More specifically, there were 2800 copies of this series printed, plus artist proofs: #I-CC on Rives + a suite of 13 on Japon nacre, 1-2500 on Mandeure, and 1/100-100/100 on Rives.  There were also several EA #epreuve d'artiste/artist proof#.  You did not indicate how your graphics were numbered, and, again, I'm not in a position to say precisely how that would affect value, but I do know that there are various editions and much depends on what type and numbering you have.
The Alice in Wonderland graphics are some of my favourites, and it sounds like you're eager to expand your collection.  I have never bought Dali graphics through a dealer and am reluctant to 'recommend' anyone so much as provide you a few options for consideration.  The Salvador Dali Society #www.dali.com# may be a good place to start, and you may look at the Dali Gallery as well #daligallery.com#.  As for Lockport Street Gallery, I have never had any dealing with them myself, but I have contact with some passionate collectors who highly recommend them.  For some more information, you may want to check out the yahoo group collectdali, which is a great community of collectors who have a lot of information about buying and collecting.
I hope this is helpful.  Good luck!
All best,
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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