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Hi Alan,
I am considering buying a Picasso lithograph of a ballet dancer.  The gallery wants just under $3000 for it.  Can you tell me what I can do to verify its authenticity and figure out if the price is fair?

Thanks,
Michael

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Michael--The price could be okay, but sounds too cheap if the piece is pencil signed and numbered. It should be dated in the stone/plate [backwards], as Picasso always did that. And ask the gallery for the catalog number.  Every Picasso original lithograph and intaglio/etching is catalogued.  If they don't have one, look at the piece through a jeweler's loop or high powered magnifying glass and focus on a part with some color.  If there are dots, it is an offset reproduction.  I did a quick scan of my catalog of lithographs and did not see it--I am on my way out of the house.  However, get me the date and other info above and I will gladly check thoroughly this weekend.  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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