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I like it and it was for a good cause so I'm not trying to return it.  Nonetheless, should a reputable gallery provide more information about whether the signature is real?  Also why can't I seem to find anything about the print anywhere, not in books not on the internet?
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At a charity auction I purchased a print showing the exterior of the Paris Opera House with an angel above it holding flowers.  There is a long sentence in French and then it is signed Marc Chagall.  It is captioned Paris Opera Ceiling, Institute of Artistic Achievement.  The local gallery that ran the auction promised a CofA but then all they gave me was something written by the owner of the gallery with no background papers at all.  I can't find anything about this print on Google.  Have I made a big mistake?  Should the gallery provide more info.?

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Peter--you have only made a big mistake if you paid hundreds of dollars for it.  Lovely, but not an 'investment' piece.  Alan Klevit.

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Peter--the piece was not created by stones drawn by Chagall.  It is a derivative--a small piece of the ceiling of the Paris opera house, rather than a "Chagall," which is why you can't find references to it.  There are rumors that Chagall autographed a number of those pieces, but know one really knows, nor how many, and there is no way the gallery could attest to the signature.  It is lovely, and I admire your attitude about it.  Alan

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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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