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I saw a Dali signed lithograph of Drawing of St. John's the Christ on a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship art auction.  They said it would possibly fetch $17500 at the auction. The signature was apparently authenticated by some former FBI agent.  Is this for real?

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Laura--According to the Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali by Albert Field and authorized by Dali, the original is an etching--less than 6X8 inches.  The lithograph is listed in the Catalog under "Counterfeits."  I won't bother with the rest of the details.  By the way, even if the signature was "authenticated" by a former FBI agent, what qualifies the agent as an art expert, and did he see Dali sign the piece?  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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