That always-on-top-of-everything Dali collector, expert and researcher Enrique Zepeda, who is never without his iPad (even in the shower?) posts Dali doings, events, photographs and information almost every day on the Dali Collectors site and Facebook. Today he posted information about a special screening of the Walt Disney-Salvador Dali collaborative film DESTINO at Galerie Michael in Beverly Hills (galeriemichael.com) on this Saturday.
Along with the recently finished film, which was put on hold in an incomplete state in 1947, there will be a lecture by Dr. Lawrence Blumberg and an exhibition/sale of 19 “rare and limited edition” prints signed by Roy Disney.
So what are these prints? Presumably they are reproductions of original story board images that Dali created, or they might be reproductions of the cells created to make the movie. They are “rare” only because Disney decided to make a smallish edition. The fact that they are signed by Roy Disney means nothing. He had no part in their original creation (they’re Dali’s work), but did sponsor the completion of the movie and its 3D computer digitization. No one should be surprised that a new way was found to capitalize on Dali’s work and, with a great deal of hype, present it as much more than it actually is. After all, in the art market, everything is about perception.
The original story board images were drawn in India ink by Salvador Dali and I have seen a great many of them. The first I saw at a fine collection in Gross Point, Michigan. The next time I ran across them was under very different circumstances.
I visited the Disney-Dreamworks Studios with federal agents and had a meeting with Michael Eisner and a couple of his guys. We were there as part of an investigation for one of the federal court prosecutions for which I served as an expert witness. Eisner was neither nice nor helpful, but we did learn that a quantity of the DESTINO story board images had disappeared some years earlier. In other words, those I examined in Michigan and elsewhere were stolen property, even though the current owners did not know it.
Knowing what I do now, if I again encounter one of the drawings, I’ll state in my Appraisal Report that it is stolen and therefore cannot pass with good title and therefore has a negligible market value.