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I want to start collecting art for personal enjoyment and as an investment. I have purchased an original mixed media by Zamy Stenovich which I love and a lithograph by Alexandra Nechita. I would like to purchase original pieces, however, I need to learn what's affordable and likely to increase in value over time. I also need to learn where (or how) to purchase the art. The pieces I bought were purchased on a cruise ship because of the outstanding guarantee. Thanks for your help.

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Mary, Enjoy the art you purchased--very lively and lovely--I am quite familiar with both artists.  Regarding collecting for investment--that's a different game.  May I suggest my recent book, "Art Collecting 101," available at www.booklocker.com, selling for about $15.  It will give you the tools you need for your goal.
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.

Experience

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.

Education/Credentials
Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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