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Hello Alan,

I am back with another question.

I Purchased a Dali woodcut:
PARADISE /CANTO - 31

"The Archangel Gabriel"

Authentic DALI Divine Comedy Woodblock Published
by Les Heures Claires, Paris France 1960-1964
First Edition Woodblock/Woodcut
B.F.K. Rives Paper
101/4  x 13 inch sheet
with deckled bottom edge

Nice print ...BUT there is no signature in the plate, and not hand signed or anything.

Is a Dali woodcut without the plate signature anything special?
Or perhaps quite the opposite, just a regular print.

Is any Dali Divine Comedy print sans signature a plus, minus or indifferent ?

Thank you for your time and  I appreciate any advice you can share!

Scott
Have pictures and cert. if ya need it.


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Scott--The Divine Comedy by Dali was pulled in a total edition of about 2,000.  A few hundred were pencil signed, a few hundred others had a signature in the block, and most were unsigned.  I have never found much if any difference in the value of the block signed or unsigned pieces.  Thus: indifferent.  I think they are special pieces and I am quite familiar with Canto 31.  I have seen it offered for over a thousand dollars in galleries, although that is certainly a full retail price.  Enjoy it.  Alan.

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