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Hello Alan! I recently purchased a signed litho #267/300 of Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, with COA on back which is also signed by Dali in a shaky signature, or at least more shaky than that on the print. The litho seems to be signed in pencil at bottom right corner.  How can I tell if this is a fake?  I've researched the updated watermark as of 1980 and will check for the infinity symbol which I guess is a cleat cut way, but are there others?  Thanks, Michael

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Michael--First of all, Dali NEVER signed any COA's.  Forget the watermark, the print is merely an 'after,' and, according to The Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali by Albert Field, "these prints were printed when it was no longer possible for Dali to sign them.  In other words, what Dr. Field is saying:  The piece is a reproduction.  The signature was not by Dali.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.  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.

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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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