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I have a large painting signed by what appears to be an artist named Gary Wolfe. It depicts man and woman out in a farm field with a village in the background. It looks like a turn of the century village in Europe to me. The frame is extremely ornate and similar to what hangs in museums. It was given to me as a gift about 15 years ago in Los Angeles where I currently live today by an old friend. He's since past away but I would like to know what would be the best way to find out its value. I've seen a few online services that range from $35 to $200 per appraisal but I'm not sure if the painting is worth anything at all.

I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,
Edward Kercado

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I wish I could help you, Edward, but I can't find any records of sales by Gary Wolfe.  You could call Butterfield's Auction House in LA, located,  I believe, in Hollywood, on either Santa Monica or Wilshire.  They specialize in Western US art and maybe they know of the artist.  Good luck. 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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