Dali Auction: Hidden Botanical Watercolors Head To Bonham's (PHOTOS)

Unseen Dali Works Head To Auction

We're not going to lie, botanical drawings can be a bit of a bore. Or so we thought, until we caught a glimpse of Salvador Dali's previously unseen batch of trippy, flora-filled depictions. Leave it to the surrealist master to turn an anatomical depiction into a pleasure-filled hallucination in which plums are stressed, raspberries are bossy and grapefruits are all about sexual seduction.

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In 1969, Dali created 14 watercolors of psychedelic plant life as commissioned by publisher Jean-Paul Schneider. The works were transformed into a series of lithographs, but Schneider kept and hid all of the originals. In 2000 these watercolors were sold to a collector, who kept the works out of sight, until now. "No one had ever seen the original watercolours," Bonham's William O'Reilly told The Guardian. "That sort of thing doesn't happen a lot."

The watercolors, expected to sell for up to $100,000 each, will hit the auction block on June 18 at Bonham's in London. For more botanical depictions gone wild, check out Giuseppe Arcimboldo's veggie-centric optical illusions.

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