Fine Art/Shlomo Alter

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I don't know much about purchasing art but was interested in a seriolithograph by shlomo alter. It has a coa and is signed and numbered A.P. 11/75. What does the A.P. mean? The price is approx. $50 unframed. The seller claims it is much more valuable. What do you think? Thanks.

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Michelle--I have never heard of Alter.  And I have no idea what a seriolithograph is--it is not an original graphic technique.  And an AP is an artist proof, usually 1 for every ten in an edition, so 75 AP's means the edition is at least another 750 pieces.  Having said all that, a reproduction not signed usually sells for $20 to $30 so if you like the work, it is certainly worth $50.  At that price, buy with your heart and you won't go wrong.  Enjoy it.  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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