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I found an old painting in my grandmothers attic called Smokey Mountain Road by Ruthven Byrum.  Is it worth anything?  It's in good shape but the backing of the frame is coming off.  Thanks....

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Glenda, the last auction record for a Byrum was in 2002.  Also a Smokey Mountain piece--the artist's favorite subject--it was estimated to be worth $2,000-3,000.  However, it did not sell at any price.  Worth cleaning and refraiming, I would say, but difficult to estimate the value, although it is certainly worth something.  Whether or not you can sell it is another question.  Enjoy it.  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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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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