Charles-Dodgson-014-1024x614 Charles Dodgson, otherwise known as Lewis Carroll

A hundred and fifty-two summers ago, Charles Dodgson, told the Liddell family children a tale of pills, rabbit-holes and talking caterpillars. Trippy stuff. In the Age of Aquarius in the 1960s and 1970s, the book would gain a cult status associated with hallucinogenic drugs, free love and surrealist art.

salvador-dali-2 Salvador Dalí

Dalí, the artist who declared in 1970, ''Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic,'' would be the perfect match to illustrate mathematician Charles Dodgson, who wrote under the name Lewis Carroll, tale of Alice in Wonderland.

Melty images, Dalí captured Carroll's freaky fairytale in a series of heliogravures, a process of etching figures onto a special gel-covered copper plate already exposed to film positives. The suite would become one of Dalí’s most prized, with the rare edition coveted by book collectors around the world, rarely making appearances on the secondary market. Until now.

Philadelphia's Great Dane Auctions will be presenting an incredible collection of Dalí's Alice in Wonderland illustrations, pictured below.

H5768-L113919429 Salvador Dali, Down in the Rabbit Hole, 1969

H5768-L113919437 Salvador Dalí, The Pool of Tears, 1969

H5768-L113919442 Salvador Dalí, A Caucus Race and a Long Tale, 1969

H5768-L113919450 Salvador Dalí, The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill, 1969

H5768-L113919458 Salvador Dalí, Advice from a Caterpillar, 1969

H5768-L113919466 Salvador Dalí, Pig and Pepper, 1969

H5768-L113919472 Salvador Dalí, A Mad Tea Party, 1969

H5768-L113919480 Salvador Dalí, The Queen's Croquet Ground, 1969

H5768-L113919504 Salvador Dalí, Alice's Evidence, 1969

H5768-L113919489 Salvador Dalí, The Mock Turtle's Story, 1969

H5768-L113919512 Salvador Dalí, Who Stole the Tarts, 1969

The timing of Carroll's tale is truly incredible, it was a work of fiction that was a decade before it's time. In a 1961 lecture titled ''Where Do We Go from Here,'' Marcel Duchamp predicated that the artists of tomorrow would ''like Alice in Wonderland... be led to pass through the looking-glass of the retina, to reach a more profound expression.'' Dalí, Magritte, Ernst were turning the world as it was known then on its head and every other way - playing with people's perception of inanimate objects, humans and animals - exactly as Carroll had done in his wondrous tale years before.

Artists Peter Blake, Charles Blackman and illustrators Lisbeth Zwerger, who illustrated The Wizard of OzRalph Steadman, who created illustrations for George Orwell's Animal Farm, and Tove Jansson, the celebrated Swedish-speaking Finnish artist who created the beloved Moomin characters, have all reinterpreted Carroll's classic.

The auction at Great Dane featuring Dalí's Alice in Wonderland suite will take place on 16th March, 2017. The auction will also feature works by Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, Victor Varsarely, Andy Warhol, street art by CRASH and more. Check out the full catalogue here.

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