In pics: When Air India presented Surrealist Salvador Dali an elephant
In 1967 national carrier Air India commissioned Spanish artist Salvador Dalí to create a limited edition ashtray which was to be given to a select group of first-class passengers. Dali produced a small unglazed porcelain ashtray composed of a shell-shaped centre with a serpent around its perimeter.
Rumour has it than as an exchange for his remarkable design, Dali asked for a baby elephant as his fees and so the baby elephant was flown from Bangalore to Geneva.
Nari Dastur, the Regional Director for Europe for Air India, and his team and he organised the event to present Dali with an elephant.