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I just purchased a painting at a rummage sale and would like to know how much it is worth. it is an oil painting of a train by Jack Coggins. I found a website started by his family (he just died in January 2006) someone in his family sent us an email picture of the title page of a book illustrated by Mr. Coggins that is identicalto our painting. The book is called "great Trains of the World" and our painting is a fanciful depiction of a train called Stevenson's Rocket in Great Britain. Can you help?
Thanks, Michelle

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Michelle--I cannot find any info. on Coggins.  I suggest you ask a member of his family if they know any galleries that offer his work, or at least, carried it in the past.  You could then contact any galleries they give you and find out what they sold his work for; also, ask the family if they have any works for sale and what the prices are.  Good luck.  Alan Klevit.

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Alan Klevit

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I can provide sound advice on buying, collecting & understanding fine art, especially original works by 20th century masters and leading contemporary artists. I can also explain techniques used to create original works and offer tips on how to tell whether or not a piece is an original work of art.

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I have been active in the art world for twenty-seven years. I owned and operated four galleries and a wholesale showroom on both coasts. We specialized in original works by 20th century masters and emerging artists. I have been an art consultant, artist's representative, lecturer, auctioneer, and curator. I had a radio show for two years, "Today's Art World with Alan Klevit" [Washington, D.C.]; hosted two television shows on the arts for six years [Los Angeles Area]; have written for numerous local papers and international art magazines; and currently write a syndicated column, "The Art Beat." I conduct art auctions for charities throughout the United States, and am a frequent speaker/auctioneer on upscale cruise ships, and at civic organizations and local television shows.







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ART NEWS, ART IN AMERICA, FORECAST MAGAZINE, MALIBU MAGAZINE, PANTARBE.COM, MALIBU CHRONICLE, POTOMAC ALMANAC, GAITHERSBURG GAZETTE, ART DECOR, REGARDIES MAGAZINE.

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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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