Olga Bentley / Dali
The Olga/Dali Bentley & Sculpture
Olga La Marquise de Saint Innocent (1896-1972)
was born in St. Petersburg and moved to Europe
to become one of the most flamboyant ladies of
her time. She lived in New York, Paris, Monaco,
and in the end bought the castle “La Budallera” at
the edge of a pine forest in the mountain village
of Vallvidrera, outside Barcelona.
There she lived with her husband Woody Kahler,
her famous horses (one of them was ridden by
Charlton Heston in the movie “El Cid”), two
panthers and Zoa – the boa constrictor. Olga was
good friends with the Rich and Famous of her
time: King Alfonso XIII of Spain, Grace Kelly and
Prince Rainier, Coco Chanel, Albert Schweizer,
Prince Ferdinand of Lichtenstein, just to
mention a few.
When she bought “La Budallera”, she
had her house decorated with copies of
the 18th-century Chinese Chippendale
furniture made by Spanish artisans according
to her design. “Woody, thinking
he was being funny, suggested having
our Bentley automobile decorated with
my Chinese-Chippendale design with
gold leaves and black lacquer.
When Salvador Dali first saw our Bentley,
he said, “A work of art, unique au monde.”
It was a traffic stopper, and Woody said
that Dali and I were the two biggest
Show-Offs in the world”.
Salvador Dali was a very good friend
and drove the car with Olga around Barcelona
many times. He used to relax at
“La Budallera” and one day made the
craziest sculpture – the Dali Monkey
Automaton – for his craziest lady-friend.
It took over 40 years and a lot of luck to
bring these two unique items together again.
The unique car and the The Salvador Dali Monkey-Automation belong together and will be sold together only!