The year was 1939. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Albert Einstein gave speeches; works by Vermeer stood next to the Magna Carter and a time capsule to be opened in 6939 AD was buried. Future technologies such as colour photography, air conditioning and nylon were unveiled to the world.

This image provided by The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., shows a photo of the facade of the “Dream of Venus,” artist Salvador Dali’s installation at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. The work is explored as part of a new exhibition at the museum about Dali’s relationship with the animator Walt Disney. Museum director Hank Hine says Disney and Dali shared a vision of taking art off the canvas and into the real world. (Dali Museum/Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali via AP) This image provided by The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., shows a photo of the facade of the “Dream of Venus,” artist Salvador Dali’s installation at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. The work is explored as part of a new exhibition at the museum about Dali’s relationship with the animator Walt Disney. Museum director Hank Hine says Disney and Dali shared a vision of taking art off the canvas and into the real world. (Dali Museum/Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali via AP)

The pink pavilion was thought up by Ian Woodner who pitched it to the surrealist impresario Julien Levy. The building was named ''Dream of Venus'' and featured reproductions of works by Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. Dalí's work in 1939 would pave the way for such artists as Andy Warhol to reimagine classical figures from the art canon.

the-birth-of-venus-1485(1) Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus (Nascita di Venere) 1485

H19801-L128222272 Salvador Dalí, La Venus de los neumáticos
Estimate: £111 300 (€125 000)
Isbilya

For the pavilion, Dalí created a living reincarnation of the Renaissance icon. In the 1480s, when Botticelli revealed his work The Birth of Venus, it shocked audiences as Dalí's interpretation did 450 years later.

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Dalí's pavilion had clear allusions to architecture of the past, with archaic motifs and classical references such as the head of Medusa, stood up against the futurist style of the Fair, Dalí's was sensational.

H19801-L128222214 Salvador Dalí, Reloj Blando
Estimate: £111 300 (€125 000)
Isbilya

The sculptures featured by Salvador Dalí will be part of Isbilya's Fine and Decorative art sale on 25th and 26th October. Check out more here.

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