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My husband bought this drawing on line could you look at it and tell me if its real or a fake.

thank you for your time

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http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/myssia1/album?.dir=/d03dre2

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Ann--the photos certainly resemble Chagall's style and imagery, and the signature does as well, although there are many, many very good forgeries of Chagall's signatures on prints, lithos, memorabilia, etc.  Perhaps thousands!  As I point out in my book, unless you are an expert, don't buy masters on line.  A real drawing like those on the website would likely sell for thousands and thousands of dollars--10-20-30!  Depends on the piece.  If your husband "stole" it for much less, I would doubt its authenticity.  If you owned something you could sell for one price, would you sell it for a fraction of its value?  At least ask the seller for some provenance, ie, papers that trace the piece back to Chagall.  A certificate that simply states it is an original, signed by John Doe, is inadequate.  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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