Appeared Wax Sculpture ofSalvador Dalíworth US$10 million

Apareceu Escultura de Cera de Salvador Dalí com o valor US$10 milhões

The piece was shown at a gallery in Hawaii on the 118th anniversary of the master's birth.surrealist. Surprise birthday gift? This piece was long believed to have been destroyed, yet it turned up in a collector's safe. Completed in 1979, a decade before Dalí's death, this piece depictsJesuscrucified over an elusive body of water and is loosely based on a 1951 painting by the artist. Both are called Christ of Saint John of the Cross. The sculpture served as a model, from which hundreds of editions were made in platinum, gold, silver and bronze. However, experts assumed that the original wax sculpture – a much more fragile object – had been destroyed.

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Harte International Galleries has sold a number of theChrist of St. John of the Crossbas-relief sculptures throughout our history, but no one thought the original work—done by a seniorDaliin wax—still existed,” said gallery co-author and owner Glenn Harte. The wax sculpture has only been stored for the past four decades, in the vault of a private collector near Dalí. The piece was still kept in the original plexiglass box that the artist designed for it.Harte and his team contacted the collector, who wishes to remain anonymous, about purchasing an art book when they learned of the sculpture's existence late last year. Bought the work, gave it the titleLost Waxand now they plan to exhibit it, for the first time since the death ofSalvadorDali. As for value, the gallery valued the piece at $10 million to $20 million, although a representative said it is not for sale. Such an assessment implies that the sculpture is legitimate, of course. And according to Nicolas Descharnes, an expert in Salvador Dalí called by the gallery, it is. Descharnes - who is the son of Dalí's longtime secretary - authenticated the piece after consulting Carlos Evaristo, an iconography specialist. "Following the discovery of theLost Wax, Harte Galleries met with Descharnes and Evaristo in Avila, Spain, which is where St. John of Spain, a 14th-century monk, was inspired to draw the first impression of Christ on the cross from a heavenly view,” recalled Harte.Evaristo was passionate that the sculpture was a three-dimensional representation of the evolution of Christ's crucifixion, and therefore given the same name as the most important religious work ever created by Dalí,Christ of St. John of the Cross, which was painted in 1951, 28 years before the molding of the sculpture” said Harte.

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