Salvador Dali would hold a key or a spoon in his hand with a tin plate on the floor. If he drifted asleep, the key for spoon would fall and hit the plate waking him up. This is how he was able to create his paintings; while staying awake and being in a quasi-dream state of mind.
Salvador Dali once conned Yoko Ono out of $10,000 by sending her a piece of dried grass instead of a hair from his moustache.
Salvador Dali made a painting for Riker’s Island prison in New York, which was eventually moved away from inmates, only to be stolen by guards.
Salvador Dali was known for his eccentric behavior, some of the things he did include filling a Rolls Royce Phantom 2 with 500kg of cauliflowers, and having a pet ocelot named Babou.
In 1973, German publisher Taschen released a cookbook of Salvador Dali «Les Diners de Gala». The book was written and illustrated by the painter himself. Bizarre illustrations were created exclusively for the book. Today, only about 400 copies of the original book are preserved in the world.
The book includes 136 recipes, sorted by 12 different chapters and one of them is devoted to aphrodisiacs. Among the dishes that are included in the publication of Dali, “Veal cutlet stuffed with snails”, “thousand-year eggs” and “Pies with frogs.”
As noted by «Les Diners de Gala» Dali decided to realize his childhood dream of becoming a chef. The title of the book he dedicated to his wife Gala. She has been referred as main muse and source of inspiration, by Dali.
Salvador Dali would take micronaps by sitting in a chair holding a metal key above a plate. When he fell asleep, he’d drop the key and wake himself up.
Salvador Dali made a painting for the prisoners at Rikers Island in NYC that hung in the prisoner dining room for 15 years, when it was moved to the prison lobby for ‘safekeeping’. In 2003, three prison guards and a warden stole the painting.
Salvador Dalí was born 9 months after his older brother, also named Salvador, died, and was told he was a reincarnation of his brother.
Salvador Dali would put a tin plate on the floor and then sit by a chair beside it, holding a spoon over the plate. The moment he began to doze the spoon would slip from his fingers and clang on the plate, immediately waking him to capture the surreal dream images.