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Hi Alan,

I recently inherited an orginal Marc Chagall lithograph, "Adam et
Eve Chasses du Paradis" (I believe it's a study for his more well-
known work of the same name), signed on the back in pencil by
the artist. The edition number, also hand written, is "186b" but
does not have the total from the edition.

Curious as to its value and history. Can you respond to my e-
mail address? Thanks -

ML

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Matthew--Chagall did not sign any of his lithographs on the back.  ONLY on the front, bottom right, with the edition size on the bottom left--and the number of the piece on top, edition size on bottom, such as 35/50.  He never did an edition of 186.  Without actually seeing it [not a picture of it], I am reasonably sure it is an offset lithograph [reproduction], and the "signature" on the back likely bogus.  I have dealt extensively in Chagall original lithographs for thirty years, have every catalog with specific information on every lithograph he ever did.  Sorry.  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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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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