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Good morning Mr. Klevit,
I recently purchased a Wyland brush art, he painted what I asked him, in front of me and I have pictures of him painting it. It is professionally matted and framed. Is this something that will increase in value, or do I just have a nice story to tell?

I also purchased a James Coleman original oil and gold leaf abstract. This is the first time he has departed from his usual, conservative, serene structure. It was the first showing as well. Again, is this a piece that will increase in value or no.

Thank-you in advance for your opinion and advice,

Joe Johnston  

Answer
Dear Joe--both are certainly popular artists whose works command more now than years ago.  My question about "artists of the day" is whether or not there will be a market years from now.  And who would you sell to?  For investment, I prefer artists with international markets and whose works could be sold at auction.  I am not confident either one will reach that plateau, but you never know.  Clearly you like what you bought, the only reason to buy art, and, if they did increase in value and you could sell at a profit, really, especially with your Wyland piece, would you?  Enjoy.  Alan Klevit.

NOTE:  Check out Alan's latest book, ART COLLECTING 101, at www.booklocker.com.

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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.

Experience

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.

Education/Credentials
Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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