The Problem with Salvador Dali Appraisals
Many collectors have false sense of security because they have an old appraisal and a certificate of authenticity for the Dali prints. This means nothing. We have never seen a fake Dali print that didn’t have an old appraisal and certificate of authenticity from the “rip-off galleries” that sold the fake prints. We thought we’d seen every type of Dali hype, until we recently received a letter.
A well-known Michigan dealer, specializing in cruise ship auctions, wrote to us an extremely nasty letter telling us how we were wrong in saying a Dali print they sold was a fake. They then threatened us with all sorts of unthinkable repercussions unless we rescinded our erroneous appraisal and begged for forgiveness. They offered to us as proof their prints were authentic, a signed contract they had with Dali himself. We take the position, if a print is not listed in the definitive reference books or museum literature, it is not authentic. We take this hard line because the art market does. If it isn’t listed — you can’t sell it for anything! Their prints were not listed in any accepted reference.