Salvador Dali

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Thief Strolls Out of Gallery With $20K Dali Etching

Employee at San Francisco's Dennis Rae Fine Art says it happened in a flash

(Newser) - No dead of night needed for this art heist: A thief sauntered into a San Francisco gallery in the middle of the afternoon, lifted a famous Salvador Dali piece worth $20,000, and walked right back out, all in just over 30 seconds, per KGO . The framed mid-'60s etching... More »

Another Selfie Mishap, This One Caught on Video

Artworks by Salvador Dali, Francisco Goya now need fixing in Russia

(Newser) - An artwork by Salvador Dali is in need of repair after a selfie attempt gone wrong in Russia. Some women visiting Yekaterinburg's International Arts Center Main Avenue were reportedly attempting a selfie near a temporary wall showcasing two artworks—an etching by Spanish painter Francisco Goya and Dali's... More »

Inside the Truly Weird Heist of a Salvador Dali Painting

It was stolen from Rikers Island

(Newser) - Perhaps the only thing weirder than the fact that a Salvador Dali painting hung for decades in Rikers Island jail complex is the heist that took the piece from its walls. James Fanelli has the story for Esquire , and goes back to the start: In 1965 Dali had agreed to... More »

'Absurd' Salvador Dali Claim Disproved, Says Foundation

Foundation says DNA test reveals no paternity

(Newser) - A paternity test has disproved a Spanish woman's claim that she is the daughter of surrealist artist Salvador Dali, the deceased painter's foundation announced Wednesday. The Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation said in a written statement that the Madrid court that ordered the DNA test informed it that Pilar Abel,... More »

28 Years After Death, Dali's Mustache Still Intact

His body was exhumed Thursday

(Newser) - It wasn't in the same league of surreal as melting clocks or burning giraffes, but Salvador Dali had the unusual experience Thursday of undergoing a four-hour operation 28 years after his death. The painter's body was exhumed from its resting place in the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain,... More »

Dali's Grave Will Be Opened Tonight

In attempt to get enough DNA to conduct a paternity test

(Newser) - Salvador Dali's eccentric history will take yet another bizarre turn Thursday with the attempted exhumation of his embalmed remains. The goal: find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago. Pilar Abel, a 61-year-old tarot card reader, claims her... More »

Salvador Dali to Be Exhumed Over 'Clandestine Love'

Maria Pilar Abel Martinez says artist had affair with her mother, wants DNA test

(Newser) - Truth may be stranger than fiction, and for Salvador Dali, death is proving just as surreal as life. The famous Spanish painter, who has been in eternal repose since 1989, will be exhumed under a Madrid judge's orders so his DNA can be tested in a paternity suit, the... More »

Just in Time for the Holidays, Dali's Surreal Cookbook

'Les Diners de Gala' a republishing of famous 1973 Salvador Dali tome

(Newser) - One doesn't usually think of a cookbook as "lavish and erotic," but that's how the Guardian is describing a reissue by Taschen of a famous cookbook first published in 1973. Described by Food and Wine as "more Hieronymus Bosch than Anthony Bourdain," Salvador Dali'... More »

Bizarre Dali Theft Explained

Greek publicist allegedly freaked, mailed drawing back

(Newser) - After a thief walked out of a New York gallery with a Salvador Dali drawing only to later return it by mail , observers were scratching their heads—but now they have an explanation, via prosecutors. Authorities arrested Greek fashion publicist Phivos Lampros Istavrioglou, 29, in the case; he has pleaded... More »

Stolen Dali Returned—via Mail

And it was sent from Europe, no less

(Newser) - Weird: a thief stole a $150,000 drawing by Salvador Dali last week by just taking it off the wall of an NYC gallery and strolling out. Weirder: It was returned via mail, from Europe. The BBC reports that the Venus Over Manhattan gallery was sent a cryptic-sounding email earlier... More »

Thief Strolls Out of Gallery With $150K Dali Painting

NYC gallery visitor took painting off wall with guard present

(Newser) - Some art thieves use ingenious methods, some use brute force—and some just casually walk out with stuff. Police are looking for a thief who swiped a $150,000 Salvador Dali painting from a New York City gallery using the latter approach, reports the New York Daily News . The thief,... More »

Breakthrough Black Model Naomi Sims Dead at 61

(Newser) - Naomi Sims, the first black model to grace the cover of Ladies Home Journal—and arguably the first black supermodel—has died at 61, the New York Times reports. Her family says the cause was cancer. Sims burst onto the scene in the late 1960s, but chose in the ‘... More »

Decades of US Immigration History Comes to Light

National Archives receives documents of 21 million

(Newser) - The US is sending the files on some 21 million immigrants to the National Archives, revealing volumes of early 20th-century history, USA Today reports. The documents tell the stories of celebrities like Salvador Dali as well as the successes and tribulations of ordinary people, from refugees to “enemy aliens.... More »

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