Salvador Dali Artist Proof Etchings & Copper Plates, ca. 1965

Value (2010) | $80,000 Insurance

This collection comes from Charles Orengo, the publisher of Salvador Dalì.

And you indicated to me before that you had some involvement in the publication. Is that correct?

Yes. From the publishing house, the owner-- Editeuropa.

Now, we're showing just... these are six etchings right here by Salvador Dalì . You have the complete set of 18 etchings from the portfolio that was commissioned in the early '60s called “La Vida es Sueno,” or "Life Is a Dream." And this set of 18 etchings by Dalì was actually never published. It never came to fruition. There was a published set in 1975 of these subjects, but they were produced by another printmaker based on Dalì 's designs. They weren't original Dalì’s. They were made from smaller plates taken from these subjects. And as somebody who was involved in the process of the publication of this portfolio, you have all artist proofs. They're very likely unique. Normally, working proofs weren't saved. They were sometimes just thrown away. You have these two subjects here, and this is just a straight etching printed in two colors, the black and the dark brownish green. And then you have this impression here, which has this white gouache, or opaque watercolor, on top of the etching. And you were saying that that's something that you saw Dalì ...

Dalì did it.

...add to the print, so he was not satisfied and added what looks to me like a religious figure or a soldier, perhaps? And then you have this etching closest to you, which is also printed in two colors-- the light brown and the black. And for that, you have the two original etched copper plates. And I love the proofy aspect of this print, where you have these very crisp plate marks with inky edges. On this print, it's printed in two colors, the brown and the black. But in red, Dalì has added coloring, from his hand. And then again on this print, the etching here, you have this green stripe, again in hand, with a pencil rectangular and this inscription up here, which almost seems to me like it's French "détruit," or "destroy" or "remove," basically. And we know from looking at the Catalogue Raisonné of the prints that the strip was removed in the final version. It's nice to have earlier prints like this from the '60s, because by the mid-'70s, there are so many fakes out there.

Fakes, yeah.

And it's so nice having these from you-- you were directly involved in the publication-- because most of the time when people bring Dalì s in to the show, they're problematic. They're from the mid-'70s or later, and we can't authenticate them often. Starting with just the etchings themselves without the hand coloring, you have 15 of those. I would say a replacement value for each of those is $3,000. So for the set of 15, the total replacement value would be $45,000. Now, for the two with more of the hand coloring and that one with the note, I would say that the replacement value on these would be $10,000 each. And on this one, with the slighter hand-coloring in red, I would say $5,000. And on the two plates, people are always saying, "Why aren't plates more valuable? The artist actually worked on them." Well, because they're harder to appreciate on the wall. They have less wall presence. So the value on these I would put at $5,000 each. Overall collection, $80,000 for replacement value.

(laughing) This is... it's a surprise for archive value.

Appraisal Details

Swann Auction Galleries
New York, NY
Appraised value (2010)
$80,000 Insurance
Miami Beach, FL (July 10, 2010)
20th Century
Etching, Plate
Ink, Paper

Executive producer Marsha Bemko shares her tips for getting the most out of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold. These are just some of the reasons why the answer to the question "What's it worth?" is so often "It depends."

Note the date: Take note of the date the appraisal was recorded. This information appears in the upper left corner of the page, with the label "Appraised On." Values change over time according to market forces, so the current value of the item could be higher, lower, or the same as when our expert first appraised it.

Context is key: Listen carefully. Most of our experts will give appraisal values in context. For example, you'll often hear them say what an item is worth "at auction," or "retail," or "for insurance purposes" (replacement value). Retail prices are different from wholesale prices. Often an auctioneer will talk about what she knows best: the auction market. A shop owner will usually talk about what he knows best: the retail price he'd place on the object in his shop. And though there are no hard and fast rules, an object's auction price can often be half its retail value; yet for other objects, an auction price could be higher than retail. As a rule, however, retail and insurance/replacement values are about the same.

Verbal approximations: The values given by the experts on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are considered "verbal approximations of value." Technically, an "appraisal" is a legal document, generally for insurance purposes, written by a qualified expert and paid for by the owner of the item. An appraisal usually involves an extensive amount of research to establish authenticity, provenance, composition, method of construction, and other important attributes of a particular object.

Opinion of value: As with all appraisals, the verbal approximations of value given at ROADSHOW events are our experts' opinions formed from their knowledge of antiques and collectibles, market trends, and other factors. Although our valuations are based on research and experience, opinions can, and sometimes do, vary among experts.

Appraiser affiliations: Finally, the affiliation of the appraiser may have changed since the appraisal was recorded. To see current contact information for an appraiser in the ROADSHOW Archive, click on the link below the appraiser's picture. Our Appraiser Index also contains a complete list of active ROADSHOW appraisers and their contact details and biographies.