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I am considering buying a signed serigraph poster by a 1960/70's era artist. I really like the poster. But here's the catch -- in addition to signing his/her name the artist also wrote a personal message to the original collector --"For Bob and Mary Smith." (Not their real name.) However, because a poster does not have broad margins the artist wrote directly on the graphic image area above a horizontal line.  Two questions -- 1. Does the personal message and/or 2. Writing directly on the graphic image in any way devaluate the serigraph? Although the message/signature (beautiful handwriting in pencil) provides some interest/history/authenticity, it changes the artwork, and even somewhat detracts from the strong, clean image. On the other hand it is the artist's signature and makes the poster unique. What are your thoughts?

A dedication is a funny thing, some collectors like the idea while others do not want someone elses name on their artwork.  If a masters work has a dedication, it can increase the value quite a bit.  If you have a signed poster with dedication from and event etc., it is an interesting collectable with visible history.  So it really is a mixed bag when you look at the big picture.


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I can answer questions about Salvador Dali. While I cannot do FREE APPRAISALS, I might be able to help you sell your works. I can also help with Chagall, Miro, Picasso and other 20th Century Masters.

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Late 70's early 80's Worked for a printer and learned the art or Lithography. Early to mid 80's Managed a publishing company that produced fine art both living and reproductions of the masters. Mid 80's to 2003 Senior Art Consultant with well known broker of Dali, Picasso, Miro, Chagall,Vargas,Max,Warhol and others. 2004 - 2005 Independent Art Consultant. 2005-2006 Beverly Hills Art Gallery(Living Artists) 2006 - Present Salvador Dali Society. Senior Art Consultant.


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Studied Art History, Methods of printing, Various Mediums. Studied anatomy, sketch art, Complex shading technique, Acrylic technique. Bloch books(Picasso),Salvador Dali publications(extensive). 30 Years life Experience in the arts as an artist, fine art broker,Gallery Director,art consultant.

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