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Good Afternoon!! I was at a theift store today and found a very nice painting and it was signed by a G. Clausen ....  It is with two younger girls maybe ages 13 - 16. They are putting pink roses into a vase. One of them is looking down and the other is looking at the vase. They are both waring white long selve shirts. On the back of the picture frame states National Picture & Frame Co. and there address. And under that the numbers 772 - 6425...  Could you please let me know how to see if this is a fake or real painting? Is it worth anything? The name is in the left hand corner and in black. Please help me as I am no art expert. Thanks so much for your time.  

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No way I could tell for sure without looking, but it sounds like a reproduction.  Not a fake, mind you, just a reproduction of a painting.  I wouldn't pay much for it--as much as the pleasure you get from it is worth--under a hundred dollars.  Good luck.

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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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