An oil painting sold at a Spanish antique shop over two decades ago for around 150 euros has been certified as Salvador Dali’s first surrealist work which he painted as a teenager, art experts said on May 22.
Tomeu L’Amo, a painter and art historian, found the canvas at a store in Girona in northeastern Spain in 1988.
It was dismissed for years as the work of an unknown artist because the signature includes the date 1896 — eight years before Dali was born.
After subjecting the painting to the latest high-tech tests — including infrared photography, X-rays and ultraviolet radiation — between 2004 and 2013, art experts have concluded that it is indeed the work of Dali and was made around 1921 when he was 17 years old.
L’Amo said he sold the work earlier this month, for an amount which he refused to reveal, to a collector who wishes to remain anonymous.
“The painting can be considered the first surrealist work of Dali,” said a leading Dali expert who has studied the painting.
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