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We purchased a John Lennon self portrait for a considerable sum of money.  The painting lists the piece as printer's proof 1/3.  The certificate shows 1/5.  The dealer indicated the certificate was in error and he would have a corrected one sent to us.  We just got a message from the dealer telling us the certificate is correct, there are 5 printer's proofs.  What do you suggest we do?

Thanks,

Tom

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nothing.  sounds like an honest error to me, which should not have a bearing on the piece.  By the way, you refer to it as a painting.  If so, it would be a one of a kind.  The certificate should identify what medium it is, ie, lithograph, etching, etc.

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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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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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