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Hi,

I own 2 Dali Litho Prints each dated 1967.
They are both part of a series I believe was called The People's of Israel.
The two have double signatures within the print itself and below the print on
the right side of Arches paper. They are both numbered as 107 out of 250.
One of them I think deals w/ the Holocaust and has several swasticas in the design..
Any idea of an approximate range of value & if these 2 are saleable?
The print w/ swasticas has a different signature than the other and is not signed
in script lettering but w/ print lettering - with a 'Dali' and what appears to be a 'g' above the 'a' plus the the whole signature is circled. This print refers to the death of Rachel and how she mourns her children as a metaphor for the Holocaust. The second Litho refers to the Angel of Death and includes a bat and a Pope figure. Both Lithos are  dark, heavy, dramatic and beautiful.

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Dear Ellen,

Thank you for your question.  From your description, you may have two works from the suite 'Aliyah', also known as 'Pioneers of Israel'.  According to Albert Field's 'Complete Graphic Works of Salvador Dali', these should measure 20-1/16" x 15-11/16" on 25" x 19-5/8" paper.  They were produced in 1968 by Shorewood Press, New York, and signed by Dali in New York.  The images should be numbered 1-250 on Arches paper, as yours are (there are also an unknown number of artist's proofs and 25 on Japon paper).  I add these details because, as you may know, there are a great number of Dali forgeries on the market, and so the details of the paper and edition size are very important.  Your description of Dali's signature is a circle is quite standard; he altered his signature regularly, and this variation is based on Albrecht Durer's (with a bit of Gerard Dou as well).

I am neither an authenticator nor an appraiser, so I am unable to consult you as far as value.  If you are interested in selling, you may want to contact a professional appraiser, such as the Dali Archives in New York or Bernard Ewell is Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Bruce Hochman's 2007 Annual Price Guide to Dali's Graphic Works values the Aliyah images at approximately $6,800 each, though in my experience this book often provides an estimate that is higher than actual market value (e.g., one online seller is offering images from 'Aliyah' at $1,700 each).
I hope this is helpful.  Good luck!

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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