Discover the 5 most expensive Salvador Dali paintings... With the birthday of Surrealist painter Salvador Dali this week, Wikicollectors have put together a list of his top 5 most expensive paintings...
from a time in Dali’s life when he was living in New York and claimed to have discovered ‘the real way to paint’ for the first time in his life. He moved to New York during the onset of World War II as Gala was Jewish and Dali himself would have struggled with any kind of totalitarian regime.
It sold for £2,863,500 at a Sotheby’s auction in London in December 2000.
5) 'Nu dans la plaine de Rosas' - $4,002,500
This work was painted in 1942, when Dali was living in America, having left Europe in 1940, during the onset of World War II.
In 1942, Dali was commissioned by Helena Rubinstein, who had known the artist since the early 1930s, to decorate the dining room of her Park Avenue apartment. Dali completed three murals which represented the morning, afternoon and night.
'Nu dans la plaine de Rosas' (En: 'Nude on the Plain of Rosas') was painted in conjunction with those three murals. It shows a nude figure, seen from behind, lying on one side. She looks out from a portico across a flat landscape, seeing her hero’s image fading away, with only a sandaled foot still visable.
The painting was sold for $4,002,500 at a Christie’s, New York auction in November 2009.