For more than 40 years, the wax sculpture “Christ of Saint John of the Cross” by Spanish artist Salvador Dalí was believed to be lost., but it wasn’t. She was in the basement of a collector in Hawaii (United States).
It was the directors of the art gallery Harte International Galleries, specialized in rare works and located on the Hawaiian island of Maui, who learned that the lost sculpture of Salvador Dali it was so close. The collector — who would have purchased it directly from the surrealist artist — was offered an undisclosed sum and is now in his possession.
It is estimated that this sculpture, which had been popularly renamed “the lost wax of Salvador Dali”, is worth between 10 and 20 million dollarsand its discovery was cause for great rejoicing in the art world.
“No one thought that the original Dalí masterpiece in wax still existed,” said Glenn Harte, the gallery’s co-founder and director. The art magazine ArtNews, for its part, noted: “Given the challenges of preserving the wax, few expected that the original mold would have survived”.
However, the work was intact and was still preserved among the acrylic plates that the artist himself Salvador Dali had used to protect the form of the sculpture created in 1979.
variations of the work
The piece of wax Catalan artistwhich is now on display at the Hawaiian Gallery, served as a model for other variants of the same work that were made in gold, silver, platinum and bronze.
On the other hand, the wax sculpture is also the three-dimensional representation of a painting that bears the same name, “Christ of Saint John of the Cross”. According to Harte International Galleries, the latter is the most important religious work created by Salvador Dalí.