A picture taken on May 22, 2014 shows a copy of an unreleased work by Spanish artist Salvador Dali titled "The Intrautirine Birth of Salvador Dali" during its presentation in Madrid. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIEN
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An oil painting sold at a Spanish antique shop over two decades ago for around 150 euros ($200) has been certified as Salvador Dali's first Surrealist work which he painted as a teenager, art experts said Thursday.It was dismissed for years as the work of an unknown artist because the signature includes the date 1896 -- eight years before Dali was born.But after subjecting the painting to the latest high-tech tests -- including infrared photography, X-rays and ultraviolet radiation -- between 2004 and 2013 art experts have concluded that it is indeed the work of Dali and was made around 1921 when he was 17-years-old.While the Surrealist movement was not formally founded until 1924 by French writer and poet Andre Breton, the term already existed when Dali made the painting, he added.
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