Spain through the looking glass

How Salvador Dali conned Yoko Ono out of $10,000

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The Spanish painter Salvador Dali once conned the Japanese artist and musician Yoko Ono into paying $10,000 for a fake hair from his moustache, says Dali’s one-time muse and lover Amanda Lear.

“Throughout his life, Dali could never resist it when someone waved a cheque under his nose,” the singer and actress Lear told French magazine VSD in an article published this week.

Speaking about the painter whose work is the subject of a major new retrospective at Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou, the French chanteuse said Dali almost sold John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono a real hair. But he thought Yoko Ono was a witch and that she might cast a spell on him.

“He sent me out into the garden to get a blade of dried grass and I put it in a pretty little box,” Lear said, explaining how Ono had been conned.

“The nitwit paid $10,000,” Lear said. “Dali loved swindling people.”

Lear met Dali in 1965 when she was 18 and the painter was 61.


Written by georgemills25

November 29, 2012 at 18:15

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  1. Classic – now THAT is art!

    Lawrence McGrath

    November 30, 2012 at 07:52

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