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Dali work on sale at garden show

The Woman in Flames
It is thought it is the first time a Dali sculpture will be sold in the area

A sculpture by surrealist Salvador Dali will go on sale for nearly 17,000 at a gardening show this weekend.

The Woman in Flames - La Femme En Flambe - will be one of the a highlights of The Gardening Show at Llangollen, Denbighshire.

The 3ft (0.9m)-high model, cast with bronze and silver plate, is thought to have been made by the Spanish artist around 1970.

Experts believe it would be the first of Dali's works to sell in north Wales.

The piece was sold by auction house Sotheby's to a private buyer six years ago, but the owner is moving house and wants to sell.

People who appreciate gardens will appreciate art
Stephen Green, The Gardening Show

It will be one of the main attractions at an exhibition staged as part of The Gardening Show by UK Fine Arts.

Steve Turner, of UK Fine Arts, said: "It is a lovely piece.

"It is great that we've got the opportunity to put it up at Llangollen. Dali is a big name and you can't get much better authentication than from Sotheby's."

Dali, who died in 1989 aged 84, is best known for the melting clocks of the painting The Persistence Of Memory.

Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali was a leading light in the surrealist movement

He was also expelled from art school for refusing to allow his teachers to criticise his work and for his bizarre appearance and lifestyle.

As well as his paintings and his work in other mediums such as film, he produced the Chupa Chups lollipop logo and in 1969 he was responsible for creating the advertising aspect for the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest.

Gardening Show organiser Stephen Green said the piece could be viewed on Saturday and Sunday.

He added: "People who appreciate gardens will appreciate art and this link is something we positively set out to achieve - it's a new dimension and I'm not aware of any other garden show that does it.

"We are knocked out not only that we will have a Dali at the show, but that it will be the first time a work by this amazing artist will have been sold in north Wales."

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