Dance of Time I, a seminal Dali artwork, went under the hammer at Christie’s fine art auctioneers’ Shanghai saleroom at the weekend. The sculpture achieved a very impressive 404.616 €.
The green patinated bronze sculpture standing at almost two metres tall, is emblematic of one of Dali’s most potent and powerful symbols, the melting watch. The fluidity of time is represented in this sculpture, Dalinian time is perpetual, a principle preoccupation of the artist. The Asian and Western 20th Century & Contemporary Art sale has attracted interest and support from Mainland Chinese collectors since its inaugural auction in Shanghai in 2013.
Highlights of this season include artworks from leading Asian artists such as Yu Youhan, Hao Liang as well as Western masters like Picasso, Chagall and Marc Quinn.
A spokesperson for IAR Art Resources, who manage the largest collection of Dali bronze sculptures in the world, commented:
‘This fantastic auction result confirms the current high demand in the market for Surrealist artworks, in particular those of Salvador Dali, the Master of Surrealism’