Ruby, Emerald And Diamond 'Telephone' Ear Clips, Salvador Dali, Circa 1949

Each designed as a stylised receiver, the ear and mouth pieces accented with brilliant-cut diamonds terminating on a facetted ruby and cabochon emerald respectively, suspending matching pear-shaped drops, post and clip fittings, signed Dali. Estimate 10,000—15,000 GBP. Lot Sold 27,500 GBP

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Cf: Victoria & Albert Museum, Surreal Things, Surrealism and Design, 2007, P218 and 219, plate 13.5 for a similar pair.

Cf: Sylvie Raulet, Jewellery of the 1940s and 1950s, Thames & Hudson, 1988, page 270 for an illustration of a very similar pair of earrings by Salvador Dali.

Sotheby's. Important Jewels. 17 Dec 08. London. photo courtesy Sotheby's. www.sothebys.com