German lawyer who bought 60,000 decorative tiles from Salvador Dali, sells the collection in favor of a children's educational program

In 1976, German lawyer Peter Ackermann (Peter Ackermann), without hesitating a second, acquired 60,000 units of ceramic tiles weighing 44 tons with designs by Salvador Dali: the artist himself was the seller. It was rumored that the tile circulation, made in 1954, was intended for facing a pool by a member of the government of Franco. Now, in 2017, buyers have the opportunity to equip their surrealistic bathroom. Take?Ackermann, not trying to sell rarities, kept these tiles in Berlin for all these decades: he had transported a valuable cargo from Zurich, where, according to Dali's instructions, there was a circulation of tiles. Over the past years, the lawyer spent “a serious seven-digit sum” for the maintenance of the collection, and in general, “when you have a beautiful vintage Studebaker-Packard in your garage, you may be able to sell it to a fan of vintage cars. But when you have 60,000 of them, you have a problem. ”In the photo with Salvador Dali on the left - Peter Ackermann. Peter Ackermann was not only familiar with Dali: in the declining years of the maestro, he did some of his business. The famous client lawyer got "on the barter." Once, one of his former clients could not pay the services of a lawyer, and offered to introduce Dali, knowing his wife, Gala, in order to pay the debt.
The meeting between Dali and Ackermann took place in Paris and received its business development. Dali once offered to find a buyer for the remaining 100,000 copies of a piece of ceramic tile created from his drawings. Ackermann himself immediately agreed to purchase an exclusive: “I go back to those times and look at myself at myself, sitting in a chair next to the great master. Whatever he sells to you, you buy it, if you can afford it. You do not think twice. It's like buying a piece of cake from the inventor of Sacher-cake, even if you are not a fan of sweets. ”

A series of 6 20 by 20 cm patterns is called “La Suite Catalane”: this is exactly how Catalan motifs were born in those places. The tile was made in the Spanish factory El Siglo (now ADEX). There are persistent rumors that it was originally ordered by the Minister of Culture under the Government of Franco and was intended for facing the pool.

See also: The Culinary Book of Salvador Dali was republished for the first time in mass circulation. Review of the publication: history, illustrations and recipes.Currently, 80-year-old Ackermann is actively looking for a buyer to provide them with a fund to help low-income children receive education. The “Dali” tile is supposed to be sold wholesale and retail, in amounts over 500 euros per piece, and also at $ 2,300 per set of 6 samples.
  • Photo sample tile editions of 1954 with a pattern created by Dali (source:
  • A photo of a sample of a 1954 edition tile with a pattern created by Dali (source:
Interestingly, the tile “with the designs of Salvador Dali” for many years trading various auctions up to eBay. Lots of 6 samples can be purchased for an amount of about 500 euros. However, buyers do not flatter themselves: the connection of products offered on the online auction with the master of surrealism is rather doubtful. Will the current admirers of Dali's genius appreciate the story about the tile from the garage of the German lawyer and will they want to purchase an impressive part of the 1954 ceramic edition of the ceramics?The total amount of the purchase, which even today would be enough for the lining of the pool, if you count at the stated Akkermann prices ($ 2,300 for 6 units), is about $ 23 million.CollageCollagraphy is a relatively new type of embossed print. It was invented in the middle of the 20th century and combines environmental friendliness, ease of execution, richness of textures and plastics, and, moreover, it is well combined with other graphic manners (for example, "dry needle"). The printed matrix is ​​a collage (hence the name combining the words "collage" and "graph") and is created by sticking various materials — fabrics, plastic, sand, plants, and so on — to a wooden or cardboard base using various pastes. Read more Collage (from fr. Collage - sticking) - a method used in the visual arts and consists in creating applications from different fragments, different in color and texture. This term also denotes work done in this technique. It was first introduced by futurists and cubists, in particular, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, to the visual arts. They combined scraps of fabric, photographs and wallpapers on canvas. Famous collage artists include film director Sergei Paradzhanov, who combined photographs, pieces of lace, porcelain, and dried plants.
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