Fine Art/Marc Chagall

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QUESTION: I am looking at purchasing an unsigned Chagall lithograph titled Les Sirenes for $18,100.  I have all the provenance.  Assuming everything is above board...is this price fair?  How is Chagall as a collectible artist today?
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ANSWER: Brad--Chagall is very collectible.  But $18,100 for an unsigned [and I assume unnumbered] lithograph is very high.  You can get a signed & no. one for that price--and I don't know what provenance you have, but get me the Mourlot No. [catalog #], and I might be able to give you more info.  Alan Klevit

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QUESTION: thanks for responding.  I dont have the catalog number yet. I am buying it from Park West (I have bought from them before and have nver been disappointed compared to gallery prices).  Yes, it is both unsigned and unnumbered (from 250 in the series).  Any idea from this what range you would consider fair price?  Are you familiar (have you seen) the work?
ANSWER: Brad--I am familiar with Park West.  They definitely sell legit chart.  I don't know the piece by its title.  Get the Mourlot Number.  It MUST have one to be valid.  Still sounds high.  Alan

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QUESTION: Thanks again...
The Mourlot number is 787.  250 lithographs in the set, non of which are signed or numbered and an additional 30 artist proofs that are signed (given to the printer's staff).  Printed at Mourlot.  5 colors in the "Les Sirenes" from the Odessey series lithographs (red, yellow, green, blue, black).  One of the more attractive pieces...

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Brad--no auction records on M. 787.  However, in Nov., a piece from Odyssea II, from the edition of 30, sold at Sotheby's for $6,000; a year earlier, a larger went for $15,000.  $18,000 for an unsigned piece from the edition of 250 sounds within the bounds of reason, but sure no bargain, either.  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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