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I recently saw a Chagall lithograph, purportedly an original and pencil signed by the artist, at an antique mall. The asking price was $800. The authenticity of fine art is not my expertise so... after reading some of your answers I am thinking I either take a magnifying glass back to the antique mall to inspect if it is an offset (and never really know if the signature is a fake,) or, I attempt to buy another lithograph on-line? I am hoping to find something of decent value for my fiance for my wedding present to him. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Lindsey


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Lindsey--glad you wrote to me before making a purchase.  I have the six catalogs containing EVERY Chagall lithograph.  There are none hand signed that are not also numbered.  Don't touch it!  Careful on-line, too.  There are more bogus pieces than real ones, not that the sellers are crooks.  They don't know.  See something?  Write to me.  I am glad to be of service.  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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