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My husband and I are looking to start collecting original pieces. However, neither of us know how to inspect work or determine it's value. Can you give us any tips about what we should look for? Also, i'm trying to research a painting that's for sale at an upcoming auction but I can't read the signature. I've attached a photo. Any ideas? It's a mountain cabin scene near a pond. Here's a link to the whole thing
http://i519.photobucket.com/albums/u352/Katie_T85/moutainpicture.jpg

Thanks for any help!

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This is why I provided a phone number. It's much easier to tell you. You are asking questions with very involved answers.
Dan

Your question about collecting involves a pretty extensive answer. My toll free number is: 888-888-3254 Ext. 204  I have been in the art industry for 30 years and can talk to you about how to collect. As I am a Salvador Dali Expert, I am not familiar with the image you provided. I'd have to research the piece to get answers. There is quite a lot to look out for when collecting, the internet is filled with copies and knock offs, so you have to know what your doing.

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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.

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.

Experience

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.

Organizations
http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/dan-twyman.html

Publications
http://www.artbydan.com Various online art publications.

Education/Credentials
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.

Awards and Honors
Over 100 awards. Set records in the Art Brokering business.

Past/Present Clients
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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