Even the most casual art fan will probably recognize Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali’s greatest work, The Persistence of Memory. But did you know he also dabbled into jewelry design? We decided to take a look at four pieces of his jewelry that has been sold at auction over the last five years.
Heading to auction in November 2014, The “Swirling Sea Necklace” features 67 diamonds, 61 Sapphire beads, 61 emerald beads, 125 Oriental pearls and a large South Sea Pearl. The diamonds weigh in at a total of 4.74 carats and the entire piece is set with 18 karat gold.
“The Eye of Time” brooch features rows of diamonds surrounding the “eye” with a blue enamel watch face set as the “eyeball”. It was sold for $1.2 million (CAD) at auction in May 2014 by Sotheby’s as part of their Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale.
A pair of yellow gold ear clips, stylized to look like telephone receivers featuring brilliant-cut diamonds on both ends along with rubies and emeralds. These pieces were sold at auction in November 2010 for $53,832.
The “Tree of Life” necklace features leaves made of gold along with 20 brilliant-cut diamonds spread throughout the piece. The necklace was part of the Sotheby’s London Fine Jewels auction in December 2011 and sold for $52,004.