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I bought an original oil painting from an artist. Paid cash , and not thinking
that I would need a receipt later, didn't get one. This artist's pieces are sold
on four web sites and on his own personal site. He is , obviously
contemporary and alive. There are many examples of his distinctive style
available to the public.  

The piece is signed recto , and titled and signed verso w/ indelible marking
pen .

I have a buyer for the work , but he is looking for a " certificate of
authenticity" . I told him the double signature is proof of the origin of the
piece and since I am the first owner  . my sales receipt to him would be the
next step in the line of provenance.

Am I correct , or is more documentation necessary ?

I hope you can help. I would appreciate it. Thanks for considering my
question. Sincerely , John.

It seems that would be enough. If he insists on a certificate, you might be able to get the artist to create a document for you?

If you have an art authenticator do it, they will spend a number of hours doing research and charge fees accordingly.


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Dan Twyman


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.

Questions about a type of art or medium can be answered with one response in most cases. Technical issues are easier to deal with than specifics about an artist. If you need help finding values or history on an artist, it will probably involve research that can sometimes take hours to complete. If you have more than one image to send, I will give you an alternate email address as this system cannot handle multiple images.


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.


Publications Various online art publications.

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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Over 100 awards. Set records in the Art Brokering business.

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Major Film Celebs/U.S. Ambassador/ Fortune 500 Company CEO's and high level employees. Over 300 repeat clients in Fine Art. Beverly Hills local and visiting repeat clients.

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