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My aunt was pretty much a hippie in her younger days and spent alot of time in California in the 1960's. Approx. 8 years ago she gave me a painting that she said she had recieved as a gift back in the 1960's. It is a picture of a Scorpion and it is in the ugliest frame. She said this was how it was given to her by the artist. What are the odds of this being an authentic Dali?

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Mark--the odds of it being an authentic Dali painting are less than your winning the lottery.  However, it is possible, if it is on paper, it is an original lithograph or etching by Dali, if it is signed in the lower right hand corner and numbered in the lower left hand corner.  If it is, you should take it to a gallery or appraiser in your area to find out, because it could also be an reproduction, and there are many of those with fake "Dali" signatures around.  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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