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My family recently bought several seriolithigraphs and prints at an auction on a cruise ship.  They all came with Letters of Authenticity and Appraisals.  I'm sure you know the dealer who sells these. My friend purchased a Chagall for $9000.00.  Are they really worth what the dealer says, or were we taken?  I'm seeing some of the prints on ebay at MUCH lower prices.  Thanks.

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Sandy--first, I have never heard of a seriolithograph--don't know what it is.  Chagall created original lithographs.  At $9K, the piece should be numbered and hand signed in pencil.  And the Letter of Authenticity should reference the catalog number of the piece.  Second, Although I did a stint on cruise ships, that was years ago, and I have no idea who the dealer is.  Finally, I see plenty of stuff on EBay, and I have little to no idea what those people are selling.  I wouldn't buy there.
I hope I've covered everything.  Good luck.  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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