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Hi Ron,

my name is James F. I run a small Company that acquire items and on occasion, i've bought some art. I've bought four items of degrazia's from various estate sales around Arizona. you make it sound like we must all of a sudden, throw out all of degrazia's stuff including the oils and signed lithographs because Ted had a son who did paintings and signed his name to them. How many of these could his son have made, especially after he had to take up the art after he became an adult, and become as good as his father. He would have had to be a natural to put the quality on paper and canvas well enough to fool the educated art buying public.

Recently, I retired and I am in the process of selling out all of my collection of art and other items because its not only a hard thing but its damn near impossible to get an auction house to do any work for you. Over my 33 years of collecting. every significant find that I ever had, someone has referred to it as being phoney and with the next comment out of their mouth is, I'll take it off of your hand as a favor for a little bit of money.

I just recently found a Raoul Dufy, I was told by one outfit (all via the internet e mail) from France that it was phoney, the other said it might be phoney but the signature looks like it was good and is in the right place. I was told that I would have to pay 500. to have it authenticated and if they find that it was phoney before they complete the authentication, they would give me half of my money back. My wife and are educated people, by that I don't mean that we know everything but, I'm saying that we know how to research a subject and over the years, we have accumelated a good size library. Books of signatures, Davenports Auction results, American Artists, Cornish colony history and many other history books along with many websites listings for reference.

I don't think much of absolute comments. logically, they are not suppose to be true 100% of the time.

Forgive me but when I hear comments regarding the items that I have like, "is that a Nick Degrazia", when I never heard of this guy until I put a couple of pieces on ebay, I want to just scream. I have and oil by degrazia and a lithograph with degrazia's art insciption and a blue pen signature along with numbers. you see, your very good friend, liked women , and I must say a good many of us do. Degrazia, liked to have an early lunch, coffee and whatever else, according to a dauther of a woman he met quite often at that restaurant whereever it was. They met there and he knew her well enough to give her a few of his works.

No one including you can truely say what anyone else, epecially an artist, would do unless you were living in his back pocket and I think you were not. I salute you for having the opportunity to know such a great man but, some of your comments are absolute and you can't really verify that all of those facts are true. If you can say that Nick became as good as his father in maybe 1/4 of the time it took his father to achieve his greatness then, you are saying that a true genius was also a very stupid man.

Thanks for letting me this comment, As I complete my tour on planet earth I have hope that we can get better by working at things ourselves rather than grabbing hold of another man's coat tail.

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Posted by jamesfelder on 05/23/2010 at 2:21 PM

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