Lot 4
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Salvador Dalí

20,000 - 30,000 USD
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  • Salvador Dalí
  • Lobster Happening: A Pair of Works
  • Each: Signed Dalí and dated 1960 (lower center and lower right)
  • Black, red, blue and gold ink applied with a lobster on paper laid down on board
  • Unframed: 35 7/8 by 23 7/8 in.; 91.1 by 60.6 cm
  • Framed: 40 by 27 1/2 in.; 101.6 by 70 cm
  • Executed in 1960.


Acquired directly from the artist in 1960

Catalogue Note

In 1960, Lillian Gladstone and her husband had recently purchased the hugely popular Roth’s Restaurant near Times Square and were planning a grand re-opening. In conjunction with the event, the Gladstone’s ran a “Miss Broadway” beauty contest which attracted fresh young faces from the theater world. The contest also featured celebrity judges including television personalities, the editor of Variety magazine and, of course, Salvador Dalí. On the evening of the pageant, Dalí (as was typical of the master of publicity), used the stage to simultaneously create the present works by dipping lobsters in a series of colored inks and using them to splatter the sheets. The works were then presented to the Gladstones as a token of appreciation for their hospitality. Mrs. Gladstone recalls that outside the pageant Dalí has brought a giant inflatable sphere of transparent plastic with a seat fixed in the center, and the winner was permitted to sit inside and roll down Broadway with the artist. Fig. 1 The present owner Lillian Gladstone (center) with Salvador Dalí (left) in 1960, just prior to his creating the present works