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Paul wrote at 2007-07-02 15:48:30
Hello, the signatures are most definitely NOT facsimilies on the David Smith COA lithograph/heliograph prints. These are hand signed, one would hope, by Picasso himself. I have been collecting Picasso prints for many years & am very happy with my David Smith COA prints. I have contacted a friend & fellow collector in Manchester, England with regard to yours & others comments. He will try his best to obtain some further information on David Smith.


Art enthusiast wrote at 2012-11-29 01:10:08
I've come across these 'David Smith' COAd Picassos selling on EBay. Other online auction sites have related COAs that use the name 'Alan Goldberg'. The addresses given are either 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London (which anyone can hire as a business address for about 1000 a year) or 35 Mayfield Road, Manchester, which is just a normal house, with no registered business. It's certainly not an auction house or museum. The name Mill Fine Art, or MFA is sometimes used (not to be confused with the legitimate gallery in Santa Fe). The Alan Goldberg COAs are attached to Picasso drawings on the flyleafs of books about Picasso, and in my opinion look like third rate imitations. The most recent I've seen is dated July 2011, but most have no date. Buyer beware!


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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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