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Fake Dalís Flood Market

An investigation by ARTnews into sculptures attributed to the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí reveals that things are rarely what they seem. “There’s confusion in the Dalí sculpture market,” says Joan Manuel Sevillano Campalans, manager of the Dalí Foundation in Figueres, which manages Dalí’s estate. “There’s confusion about the provenance, about the definitions used; confusion in the use of Dalí’s brand, his image, and his name; over how involved Dalí really was in the creation of the different works; and over the numbers and sizes of the editions…We are worried that collectors often aren’t fully aware of what they are buying.” There are at least two ongoing criminal investigations, linked to dealers in Dalí sculptures in Russia and Germany. You can’t help thinking that Dalí, a great lover of pranks and mischief, would have enjoyed the mayhem he left in his wake.