'The reasoning was crazy' – how Italy blocked the sale of a Dalí painting Elena Quarestani was 18 when she met Salvador Dalí at his suite in Le Meurice hotel in Paris in the 1970s. The Italian, who now runs a not-for-profit organisation in Milan that is focused on the visual arts, remembered the artist wearing a red

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'The reasoning was crazy' – how Italy blocked the sale of a Dalí painting - The Guardian

lena Quarestani was 18 when she met Salvador Dalí at his suite in Le Meurice hotel in Paris in the 1970s. Her family owned one of the Spanish surrealist’s early works – a portrait of the painter’s sister called Figure at a Table – and she was... He had a TV set but it was upside down,” Quarestani said recently. The Italian, who now runs a not-for-profit organisation in Milan that is focused on the visual arts, remembered the artist wearing a red velvet robe and being surrounded by young acolytes. Dalí did not agree to alter the painting in the end, probably because she couldn’t meet his asking price, she recalled. More than three decades later, the happy memory of her brief encounter with one of the most recognised artists of the 20th century has been overshadowed by a far less glamorous affair: a legal fight that has been going on for years with the... Under rules that were first established in 1909, local officials in Milan have claimed that the portrait should be protected as a piece of Italian cultural heritage. That assessment has given the government the right to block an attempt by Christie’s, the auction house, to sell the painting for Quarestani. It also blocked an offer by the Dalí Foundation to acquire the work, which is valued below £500,000. “The reasoning was absolutely crazy,” Quarestani said. The government’s rationale, according to her, was that the portrait was “very beautiful”, that it was rare for a work by Dalí to be held in a collection in Italy , and that the portrait appeared to be inspired by an Italian art movement called... Quarestani is not giving up the fight, mostly as a matter of principle.

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