Grand Junction Goodwill auctions purported Dali print
November 9, 2010
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado Goodwill store is auctioning off a purported lithograph of a Salvador Dali work.
A customer at the Grand Junction shop recently pointed out the signature on the print of “The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus,” which was numbered 168 out of 300.
Manager Bill Atwell told Denver’s KMGH-TV he doesn’t know who donated the piece. The store isn’t going to spend the money to hire experts to authenticate the work, but will let people bid for it and determine its value on their own.
“We’re here just to raise money for our programs,” Atwell told The Associated Press.
Some people have expressed interest in the auction just to raise money for the store, he added.
“We have a generous community,” Atwell said. “We do get some nice donations from people.”
As of Monday afternoon, bidding had climbed to $550.
The original painting is in the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mark Winter of Art Experts Inc. in Daytona Beach, Fla., which appraises and authenticates artwork, said it’s possible the piece in Grand Junction is real because it’s numbered. If it is real, Winter said, it could be worth $2,000 to $3,000.
He said Dali and other artists produced more lithographs of their work to make more money.
“Dali made no secret that he loved money and wanted to make more and more money,” Winter said.
But he said there are also “over 200,000 fake Dali lithographs” floating around, and there’s a market for them too.
“They all have their following,” Winter said.