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Dali painting valued at up to £10 million to be auctioned

The work goes on sale on Thursday (Aaron Chown/PA)
The work goes on sale on Thursday (Aaron Chown/PA)

A surrealist painting by Salvador Dali has been displayed ahead of being auctioned.

His 1937 work Couple Aux Tetes De Pleins Nuages is valued at between £7 million and £10 million by auction house Bonhams.

The painting depicts Dali and his wife Gala with the outline of its frames, while the picture shows a desert landscape.

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Couple Aux Tetes De Pleins Nuages was made in 1937 (Aaron Chown/PA)

It will be auctioned on Thursday as part of a sale of impressionist and modern art by Bonhams.

India Phillips, global head of Bonhams impressionist and modern art department, said: “Dali’s Couple Aux Tetes De Pleins Nuages is a masterpiece from the height of his key surrealist period.

“It is full of the highly personal imagery that made Dali perhaps the most exciting member of the surrealist group during these years of experimentation, revealing his obsession with Freudian psychology as much as his obsession with his great lover and muse Gala.

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Couple Aux Tetes De Pleins Nuages is considered to be a masterpiece (Aaron Chown/PA)

“While the now famous image of the girl skipping was employed by Dali to symbolise childhood memories, the burning giraffe represents ‘the masculine cosmic apocalyptic monster’, a timely premonition of war.

“Dali painted these monumental panels at a time of intense personal discovery and expression, while the world around him erupted into conflict.”

Other works that are to be auctioned in the sale include Ephebus by Ossip Zadkine and Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita’s Femme Allongee, Youki, which are both valued at £500,000 to £700,000.

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Ephebus by Ossip Zadkine (Aaron Chown/PA)

Le Retour Des Regates by Raoul Dufy is also for sale with a guide price of £250,000 to £350,000.

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