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I own a Divine Comedy (hell#29) and have two questions. The first would be, could you provide me with either a detailed description of the watermarks, or verifying the following description. It says BFK Rives in french script on the bottom left of the print. It is fairly large (over an inch in height) and it is positioned approx. halfway between the cream-coloured paper and the slight-yellow where the painting seems to begin.

Secondly, I am planning on buying a reference book which speaks specifically about the Divine Comedy, and authenticating the suite. Could you recommend one?

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Joel--sounds like a legitimate piece.  It is a wood engraving, not a painting.  I don't know of any book which speaks specifically to the suite and authenticating it.  I use Dr. Fields' Catalog Raisonee of Dali Prints, which authenticates all of Dali's graphics.  Although there are likely some bogus signed pieces out there, there has never been much question as to the authenticity of the prints.
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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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