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May I follow up by saying, thank you first anf foremost. Then may I also ask what you feel is a good Dali investment?
Best,
Linda
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Let me preface my question by sating that I am and absolute novice. I am interested in purchasing a Dali lithograph. I have visited a few galleries and am not sure how to gauge authenticity. What should I look for. In particular I have been looking at the Devine Comedy collection. Thank you.
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Linda--I admire your frankness.  Although there are many fake Dali lithographs out there, the Divine Comedy pieces, which are woodcuts [not lithographs] are not among them.  In all likelihood, the piece should be unsigned [except in the image]--no pencil or ink signature--and not numbered.  Buy only what you love, as their are a few thousand suites, each containing 100 images, which makes for a huge universe of pieces, making their investment value limited.  And spend in the hundreds, not thousands, for any piece you like.  Hold fast on that.  Good luck.  Alan Klevit.

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Linda--the safest bet is a lithograph produced before 1970, and listed in the Dali Catalog Raisonee.  Be adament for that information.  Etchings from the 1930s and '40s are also good, but they are pricey [thousands of dollars].  I think it is difficult for a novice to enter the Dali market, unless the galleries you visit have impeccable credentials and reputation.  Good luck.  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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