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Hi Alan: Today I learned a valuable lesson about art.  I thought I had found an original work: "The Italian Clown" by Raoul Dufy.  Art experts at Sotheby's and Doyle in New York City looked at the work and said I had a pochoir or silkscreen dating from the '20s, '30s, or '40s.  But when I asked for value, I was told: "Junkyard value."  How could this be?  It seems to me that using the pochoir method is a complicated procedure as opposed to a lithograph which is just a print.  Yet Dufy lithos have a high value while this convincingly real pochoir is alleged to have none.  I want to sell my pochoir on eBay but I have no idea of what to ask as a starting bid.  Can you offer me any help?  I'll appreciate it.  

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Edward--"vintage" pochoir is not the operative term.  It is a reproduction of an original.  An original lithograph, ie, the stones created by Dufy, is just that:   an original.  The 'lithograph' you refer to as a print would be an offset lithograph, of no value.  I have no idea what the value of the pochoir would be, more than 'junkyard,' perhaps, but under $100.  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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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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