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Dear Alan,

My Friend recently purchased a picasso etching called Gongora: Femme en buste une Main au visage. it is from and edition of 250 , 15x11 in. What is the meaning of "illustrated: Bare, brigitte, Picasso Peintre-gravure, editions Kornfeld vol IV 1998 page 45". Also, she paid around $6000 for it. Is that a fair value? What about authenticity?

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Roy--It sounds like it is from "Gongora:  Vingt Poemes," a suite of 15X11 etchings done in 1947-49, the etchings illustrating the poems.  The last auction record I found was in Paris, 2005, and a piece went for $5,100.  With the rise of the Euro and another year under its belt, and the fact that auction prices usually are below retail, it sounds like your friend got a bargain, assuming excellent condition.  Congratulate her.  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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