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Back in the 60's I purchased,here in Detroit,
a matted and framed Chagall, signed in pencil and numbered "2/150". On the back is a tag read-
ing "Nice Series". Although I have found many of
his prints with similar such subjects, i.e.,
mermaids with flowers and a fish, I cannot
find this exact print. I find mand many of such llthos in Editions of 5,000 or so selling for
$15,000 each I cannot find any info on mine in
this very limited edition. Your coments, please.

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Robert--"Nice Series" concerns me.  Neither Chagall nor his publisher, Mourlot, would ever package his art that way.  As for the editions of 5,000 selling for $15,000, that is an obscene rip-off.  Period.  They are worth hundreds, not thousands.  Back to your piece:  in the 60's the signed and numbered lithographs created by Chagall were editions of 50-75.  The 150 size was by his friend Charles Sorlier, given permission by Chagall to create images based on Chagall paintings.  They are "afters" but made from scratch, so to speak, not reproductions.  And Chagall signed them.  Sounds like you have one of those.  If so, its  honest retail value could range anywhere from $7,500 to perhaps $12,000.  Of course, some unsuspecting soul could pay more.  Enjoy it.  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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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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