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ihave a couple paintings and prints that i am curious if treir original and worth anything.one is a picture of mademoiselle irene by renoir.it is on like a hard cardbord stuff,and renoirs sig. is in the topright corner and it also says,it looks like 80? is it real,and worth anything?

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Dear Melissa,  I doubt that the picture of mademoiselle irene by renoir is original, if it is on "hard cardboard stuff."  How do you know her name?  He didn't title his work.  Also, he usually [as do 99.9% of artists] sign in lower right.  Who knows what the 80 means?  I assume this is one of the prints.  If in color, look at it through a jeweler's loop and look for rows of dots, the sign of a reproduction.  As for paintings, if real, worth as much as a few hundred thousand dollars.  They would be on canvas, have thick oil painting on the surface, signature lower right and be hanging in a museum.  The print you have is most likely worth $20.  But enjoy it.

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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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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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