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Salvador Dali And Ashtrays: Why Air India Flew An Elephant To Geneva

2021-12-12 - Cadaques, Spain. Jake Hardiman

In 1967, Air India asked surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, to design a series of porcelain ashtrays for their passengers. Following Dalí’s request for a baby elephant as his payment for the ashtrays, Air India also flew both the trainer and the elephant to Europe from Bangalore/Bengaluru. While Dalí was based in Spain at the time, the elephant’s journey by air only took it as far as the Swiss city of Geneva.


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