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Sir,

I am most thankful for your reply on the two Chagall prints I purchased, though I am still confused. Going onto Sotheby's site for instance, one sees some prints going for 30,000 to 4,000. There is no discernible difference in apples to apples, other than subject matter. Even those with extraordinary color do not necessarily command higher prices. It is all very confusing. You may have two lithos, both signed in pencil and numbered in editions of 50, for example, one going for thousands and thousands and the other going for just a few. Any ideas?

Sincerely,

Valerie Villars

Answer
Certainly, Valerie--the ultimate dollar value of a piece is what someone is willing to pay.  Some images are more desirable than others; or the technique or strokes more clever; or the piece more aesthetically pleasing.  There is no hard and fixed rule.  If everybody wants the same piece, they drive up the price.  An Andy Warhol "Marilyn" fetches much more than others he did.  Amazingly, Chicken Soup Cans bring more than Scotch Broth--identical works with different flavors!  Go figure.  Investing in art is not for amateurs.  Buy what you LOVE and what is worth [to YOU] what you pay.  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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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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