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I have a picture in my possession titled "Seabiscuit", signed by author "Wallace" and numbered  "N 50" under his signature. The picture was framed by "Mohr Art Galleries 916 Madison Ave Toledo Ohio" as indicated by a sticker on the back. It is a beautiful portrait (done in pastels?) of the horse. I have digital images of the portrait, framing and the back that I can e-mail. Can you tell me anything about the artist, this picture and where I can obtain a fair market value?  I have been asked to sell the painting on the owner's behalf, but want to make sure they receive a fair price.  Any help you can give would be appreciated.  Thank you.

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kimberly--with a number "N50" it is some sort of print, not a pastel.  Likely, it is an offset lithograph.  Look at the image with a jeweler's loop and see if there are rows of dots, which would verify that.  No Wallace in my compendium.  I have no idea as to value, but if an offset, probably under $100.  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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