You are here:

Fine Art/Picasso Lithograph

Advertisement


Question
Purchased a Picasso Litho. Named "Spanish Lady" alledgedly signed by Picasso in red pencil.  Signature authentification came with it by gallery in NY.  Paid $5400 at high end estate auction at Bronxville Women's Club, NY.  Several audience dealers vouched for auctioneer and litho.  How do I tell if it's a lithograph and if the signature is authentic?  It came framed in a beautiful frame worth about $800.  

Answer
Bev--I am not doubting the auctioneer, merely playing devil's advocate.  Many honest auctioneers may not know if something is good or not. Did any of the dealers bid on the piece?  How do you know the value of the frame?  When was the lithograph done?  Could you call the NY gallery and ask how they know Picasso signed it.  ALL Picasso lithographs are in the official catalog of his lithographs.  I found a piece entitled "Spanish Woman."  It was done in 1974 in an edition of 141, all numbered.  Your piece should have the date in the image [lower right], his signature in the image, with 04.10.60 beneath it.  Otherwise, you have a piece created from a painting or drawing Picasso did and he could have autographed it.  It would not be an original lithograph, although the signature could be legit.  Try contacting someone like Sotheby's.  Good luck.  Alan Klevit

check out Alan's latest book, Art Collecting 101, at www.booklocker.com.

Fine Art

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Alan Klevit

Expertise

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.

Experience

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.







Publications
ART NEWS, ART IN AMERICA, FORECAST MAGAZINE, MALIBU MAGAZINE, PANTARBE.COM, MALIBU CHRONICLE, POTOMAC ALMANAC, GAITHERSBURG GAZETTE, ART DECOR, REGARDIES MAGAZINE.

Education/Credentials
Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.