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dear alan,
whilst browsing through the colourful stalls of portobello market in notting hill last saturday, i came across three items which caught my eye: a supposed original of a de chirico 1917 drawing(resembles 'return of the prodigal son' most), a vieria da silva painting and a chagall painting. the rather corpulent, bespectacled old lady pretended not to know much about the artists, though she did have a magnifying glass ready to show that de chirico's work was not a reproduction because of the lead marks on the paper. she said they all came from an elderly french lady's house, whose daughter sold everything in order to raise funds for a nursing home.
my mother told me i'd be stupid to fall for such tricks - do you agree with her?

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Miloa--Yes!  Let's just talk about the supposed Chagall painting.  If the 'daughter who sold everything' didn't get millions of dollars for it, she would have had she put it in an auction at Sotheby's or Christie's.  You take it from there.  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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