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I recently bid and won a silent auction for what was described as a limited edition, plate-signed lithograph of Marc Chagall's "Paris Opera". When I asked for a COA I was fist told it wasn't available, then I was referred to the auctioneer. He told me by phone that he could give me a COA if I tell him the number on the painting. He explained that the COA only certifies the medium. When I asked about the limited addition number, he said that this means that this is one of 500 lithographs produced in this "run" He said that a pubisher owns the plate and he has no way of knowing if there were other runs of this paticular work. This all sounded a little suspect to me. Can you enlighten me?
Also, a gallery art director told me that Chagall never signed any of his plates. Do you know if this is true?
I won this auction with the minimum bid of $600, but I have the opportunity to back out if I want to.

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Mark--I am not aware of any "plate signed" Chagall plates, either.  As for Paris Opera, a lithograph edition was created, based on the ceiling of the Paris opera House.  I can't find anything on it, but my recollection is that more like 5000 were created, not 500.  Although $600 sounds a little steep, I am not familiar with that market, having been out of it a few years.  A few years ago, I saw them in the $200 range.  It could sell for a little more now.  If you love it and it is for a good cause, you might say what the heck.  It's up to you.
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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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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