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Dear Alan,
As someone new to the area of fine art collecting - I have always enjoyed the museum exhibits and have many exhibit catalogues - I am not very familliar with the actual purchase of fine art.
My 20th wedding anniversary is coming up and I wanted to buy a Chagall piece for my wife - I found a piece that fits the bill and am considering buying it for her as an anniversary present - problem is that I have no idea if I am paying an appropriate price for the piece - as you have said in your postings - if I may summarize - "if it seems to be too good to be true it probably isn't true"

The piece I am looking at is a hand signed copy of the cover of the Lithograph III collection. The work in red with a man and woman's head in the center and the name Chagall on the top right and "Lithographe III" in the bottom right. I am sure you are familliar with the Lithograph.

The asking price is $1380 - again  I am not looking for a bargain, but just want to pay a fair price for this gift -

I have enjoyed reading your posted replies and have learned a great deal so far - unfortunatley I am sure I have much much more to learn.

Thanks and I look foreward to hearing from you -
Best wishes,
Dan

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Dear Daniel,
I am very familiar with the piece and know that several thousand "extras" were made besides for the cover of Volume III.  My problem is that, to the best of my memory, I do not recall ever seeing ANYWHERE in the Cat. Raisonee that Chagall signed any of them. If he did, $1,380 is a fair price.  I am on vacation until Oct. 7 and would gladly check further upon my return and answer you again, if you wish.  You can write me at alantheartmaven@hotmail.com and give me you email address.  You could ask the dealer to show you in any catalog that some of those were signed, if you can't wait.  Alan.

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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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