Salvador Dali portfolio Biblia Sacra (Michler & Löpsinger 1600; Field 69.3) The very rare complete set of 105 lithogaphs printed in colours (unbound), 1967, each signed in ink, each on thick wove with wide margins, printers proofs with registration marks and colour references aside from standard unsigned edition, in three brown portfolio boxes, each portfolio with text and justification pages each signed by Dali in red crayon, printed and published by Rizzoli, Roma, each sheet 505 x 395mm (20 x 15 1/2in) (105) (unframed)
Lot 109AR
Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989) Biblia Sacra (Michler & Löpsinger 1600; Field 69.3) The very rare complete set of 105 lithographs printed in colours, 1967, each signed in ink, each on thick wove with wide margins, printer's proofs with registration marks and colour references aside from standard (unsigned) edition, loose in three brown portfolio boxes, each portfolio with text and justification pages each signed by Dali in red crayon, printed and published by Rizzoli, Roma, each sheet 505 x 395mm (20 x 15 1/2in) (105) (unframed)
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 63,000 - 94,000
amended

Lot Details
Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989) Biblia Sacra (Michler & Löpsinger 1600; Field 69.3) The very rare complete set of 105 lithographs printed in colours, 1967, each signed in ink, each on thick wove with wide margins, printer's proofs with registration marks and colour references aside from standard (unsigned) edition, loose in three brown portfolio boxes, each portfolio with text and justification pages each signed by Dali in red crayon, printed and published by Rizzoli, Roma, each sheet 505 x 395mm (20 x 15 1/2in) (105) (unframed) Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989) Biblia Sacra (Michler & Löpsinger 1600; Field 69.3) The very rare complete set of 105 lithogaphs printed in colours, 1967, each signed in ink, each on thick wove with wide margins, printer's proofs with registration marks and colour references aside from standard (unsigned) edition, loose in three brown portfolio boxes, each portfolio with text and justification pages each signed by Dali in red crayon, printed and published by Rizzoli, Roma, each sheet 505 x 395mm (20 x 15 1/2in) (105) (unframed) Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989) Biblia Sacra (Michler & Löpsinger 1600; Field 69.3) The very rare complete set of 105 lithogaphs printed in colours, 1967, each signed in ink, each on thick wove with wide margins, printer's proofs with registration marks and colour references aside from standard (unsigned) edition, loose in three brown portfolio boxes, each portfolio with text and justification pages each signed by Dali in red crayon, printed and published by Rizzoli, Roma, each sheet 505 x 395mm (20 x 15 1/2in) (105) (unframed)
Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989)
Biblia Sacra (Michler & Löpsinger 1600; Field 69.3)
The very rare complete set of 105 lithographs printed in colours, 1967, each signed in ink, each on thick wove with wide margins, printer's proofs with registration marks and colour references aside from standard (unsigned) edition, loose in three brown portfolio boxes, each portfolio with text and justification pages each signed by Dali in red crayon, printed and published by Rizzoli, Roma, each sheet 505 x 395mm (20 x 15 1/2in) (105) (unframed)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: The Artist's widow. Thence by decent.

    The Biblia Sacra suite comprises 105 lithographs after gouaches executed between 1963 and 1964. The lithographic set was commissioned by Guiseppe Albaretto, an important Dali patron, and published in 1969 by Rizzoli Editions, Milan. It forms the largest published suite of Dali's work.

    The prints were first exhibited by Rizzoli alongside the original gouaches in New York. The lithographic plates closely reflect the spontaneity and richness of colour of the preparatory gouaches. Albert Field comments that the printed set was of such high quality that "the only sure way to distinguish one from the other was that the paint on the originals made the surface uneven".

    We believe this set to be the only known signed proof plates in existence. We have found no record of a signed set ever having come to auction

    Albert Field, The Official Catalogue of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali (New York: The Salvador Dali Archives, 1996), 201.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the provenance of the work should read as following and not as stated in the catalogue. Provenance: The printer's widow. Thence by decent.
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