Believing it to be a real felt tip pen drawing by Dali and absolutely authentic it seems to be a prize that you have stumbled upon a Giger likely to be worth a fortune. The dedication to Giger by Dali is an impressive and almost mind boggling windfall which makes you see the dollar signs light up and spin and builds the excitement that generates a pulse rate to an unbelievable height.
It's known as the Giger Counter!
Surely you couldn't be so lucky?
Things like this could never happen to you, you never win anything!
Well no, you're absolutely right, it couldn't and you haven't this time either!.
When these 'hand signed Giger books' with a dedication and illustration by Dali to Giger are talked about over dinner or in hushed tones of secrecy never to be repeated, they have by now inevitably and miraculously gained a great story of how it was originally acquired attached to them.
They take various guises but usually start something like;
It's been in the family for years.
Inevitably the stories evolve around someone close to, or working for Giger. Such as somebodies Grandmother worked for Giger in the seventies as his housekeeper and Giger gave it to her personally when she retired...
Or an old girlfriend of Giger who was modelling for him, was given it as a memento by Giger! She actually witnessed Dali signing the book for Giger and even heard Dali tell Giger, "Let's make the work more valuable for you!"
Or there's some other equally believable but fabricated over embellished line designed to convince the daylights out of all who hear it.
Particularly with those signed Giger Necronomicon volumes which are sold on Ebay!
Well the truth is a little simpler and more basic than that I am afraid.
Salvador Dali did indeed sign and dedicate the frontispiece of H R Giger's Necronomicon with the words; "Pour Giger. Hommage. Dali" but the story itself is a little less romantic or fantastic than those being bandied around the world at the moment.
The whole story about the inception and creation of the Dali dedication to Giger is told in the book Necronomicon 2, on or around pages 36 - 37.
To summarise; Hans Giger visited Salvador Dali in his studio in Europe and Giger simply asked Dali to write the foreword for his Necronomicon 1 book. Dali did better than that by crafting the famous little drawing and inscription that you see illustrated above.
Sadly, for those of you who have convinced yourselves you have a huge lottery win, I am afraid to have to tell you that the illustration appears in every American first edition of Necronomicon and in the Giger Museums new edition of it too.
IT'S A PRINT
The original signed book is housed
in the H R Giger museum at the Château St. Germain in Gruyères Switzerland.
If you have found the book in an old junk shop or been able to buy it cheap somewhere there is one consolation for you. They retail for around US $85.00 so you haven't done too bad.