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Mr. Klevit,
I am from Missouri, and as an eight year old boy in 1968, I found a 15th century Pisano medallion. I stashed it away for 32 years until my son in 2000 found it in my box of junk. With the world wide web available, I began researching and located Dr. Stephen Scher in New Jersey. I sent the medallion to him, because at this point, I thought it to be fake. He called and told me that the medallion met all the criteria to be authentic, but that the three scratches on it, and the cleaning I had done - took the patina off - basically made it worthless, he stated "condition is everything". I strongly disagreed with him, and went out searching for another expert - Gerard Van Weyenbergh. This journey ended up being expensive and I am really back to square one. It took several threats to get paperwork from Gerard, he appraised it at $65,000, $150,000 replacement. There are only three like this one in the world, and is also considered Pisano's best work. Pisano was the father of medallions - which I am sure you are aware, but the bottom line is, I cannot sell this medallion, I have no idea  how to sell, is this not an important piece of art and history? The art world, as I have learned, seems to have an underground, and outsiders are turned away. The medallion is of Don Inigo d' Avolos, the grand chamberlain of Naples Italy. I know this is not your expertise area, but any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Jim--you are right, this is not my area of expertise.  Still, might I suggest you call Sotheby's, which should have an expert in that area, and be able and willing to give an estimate, based on historical records, what such a medallion might bring at auction.  Alan.

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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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