Triumphant Elephant sold at Christies’ Shanghai

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Wednesday, 2017, September 27

Dalí sculpture achieves excellent result at the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening sale at Christies’ Shanghai held at the Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai on 24th September 2017.

The Triumphant Elephant, an instantly recognizable Dalí artwork, went under the hammer achieving an incredible 13,200,00 CNY / € 1,675,933.

The bronze sculpture standing over two and half metres tall, portrays the elephant, Dalí’s iconoclastic symbol of the future, a motif used frequently throughout his artistic oeuvre. Here, the majestic animal’s bejeweled saddle symbolizes wealth; the dawn of a new era is announced by a flying angel, trumpeting success and prosperity. Dalí’s elephant exemplifies every individuals hope for abundance and good fortune in the future.

The 20th Century & Contemporary Art sale has attracted interest and support from Mainland Chinese collectors since its inaugural auction in Shanghai in 2013.

A spokesperson for the Dalí Universe, who manage the largest collection of Dalí bronze sculptures in the world, commented:

"This fantastic auction result confirms the continuing current high demand in the market for Surrealist artworks, in particular those of Salvador Dalí , the Master of Surrealism following on from the successful sale of the Dance of Time I  sculpture at this auction house in  April 2015".