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Dear Allan

You have no idea how much I appreciate your help. Actually I have a general problem buying art - I dont know how much to pay for the pieces. Is there any free web based databases besides ? Or maybe any books?

By the way - The Jasper Johns litho is now at $3300 i have not decided how far i would go yet.

I just bought an unsigned etching by james abbott mcneill whistler titled "the street at saverne" image is 6 1/4 x 8

I wanted it so the price was not important but still i would like to know if I made a good deal - I payed $800
What is your oppinion?

Best Regards, Soren
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Dear Allan Klevit

I have found a Jasper Johns Lithograph that I really like.

It is the 1975 "Ale Cans" and the work is 22 3/4" by 31 1/4 ". Number 20/41 and handsigned.

I hope you can help me with an estimate price for this piece - The condition is excellent! It is an auction so I just wanted to know how much I should pay for this litho.

Best Regards, Soren
Soren--In November 2005, an 'Ale Cans' lithograph in an edition of 41 sold at Christie's in New York for $4,500--a larger size piece.  A year earlier, a different 'Ale Cans' [a favorite subject of his] sold for $5,500.  Nothing on record since.  I suspect that his work has appreciated, as the past year has been a good one for fine art, so tack on a premium--say 10-15%, decide your maximum, based on its aesthetic value to you, and go for it.  Good luck.  Feel free to write and let me know the outcome.  Alan Klevit.

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Soren--you didn't get ripped off on the Whistler, and you didn't steal it,either.  Sounds within the retail range.
As for the JJ, I wouldn't go much higher, but, remember, if I can't "steal 'em" I pass!  

There are no books, because prices aren't static.  I subscribe to an international service which provides auction results, which limits me to info. on internationally recognized artists.  I also, as appropriate and when possible, call friends, as I am well connected in the art world.  On Johns, you could contact Sotheby's and ask if any of his works are coming up for auction [ditto for Christie's].  Good luck.  Alan.

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Alan Klevit


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.


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.


Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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