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In a bunch of stuff I received to sell from a friend there were three framed pieces of art.  One is of a Jazz band and is signed:  Rockmore '63 April New Orleans.  After doing a little research on the internet I have found that this is Noel Rockmore.  The next is a still life with a black background.  It has a violin, pipe newpaper and several other items.  I can't locate a signature on this piece.  The last piece is a of a a man playing the piano and a woman singing or instructing.  There is a mirror and shelves behind the man and windows to the side.  I also can not locate a signature on this item.  All three are in frames with glass on the front and sealed in the back.  I didn't think that I should take them out of the frames.  They look like they are paintings when you look at them but could they be prints.  Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated as I don't know the first thing about art.

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Annette--of course, I can't be sure without seeing them in person, but rarely are paintings put behind glass and sealed.  More likely, they are prints of paintings.  Why not take them into a local gallery?  You could also look at them through a jeweler's loop and see if there are rows of dots.  The dots would confirm they are prints.  Good luck.  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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