Ten of Staves by Salvador Dali from the Lyle Stuart Tarot Card Suite (set of 6), 1978
This suite of Lyle Stuart Tarot Cards consists of 6 lithographs, each displaying a different work of art from Dali’s original gouaches that are presumed to be intended for use in the James Bond movie, “Live And Let Die,” which was filmed in 1973. Producer Albert Brocoli commissioned Dali to create a custom deck of tarot cards for this scene: James Bond Meets Solitare. The deal fell through, but Dali continued the work on his own. According to Stan Lauryssens, who, in 2008, published a book titled “Dali and I: The Surreal Story,” Dali was commissioned to create a full deck of Tarot Cards (78 in total) in 1974. New York publisher Lyle Stuart won the publishing rights in a game of poker with Dali’s wife, Gala, for $.08. Dali completed only 6 paintings and agreed to production of lithographs as editions. He signed each sheet after production. Stuart stated that the lithograph plates were destroyed.
The suite was published in 1978 by Lyle Stuart in an edition of 250. Each lithograph is framed, signed and numbered as #__/250 printed on BFK RIVES paper and bears the Albert Field signature. The image size is 23 7/8″ x 12 3/4″ and the full sheet is 30″ x 19″. The framed size is ___” x ___.”