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Fall Catalog Auction featuring Chagall painting poised to top $1M

Two paintings by iconic artist Marc Chagall are expected to lead more than 100 lots in J. Levine Auction & Appraisal's Fall Catalog Auction, Oct. 29.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Two original paintings by Marc Chagall – one estimated to be worth more

Marc Chagall Cockerel oil on board

Marc Chagall 'Cockerel' oil on board painting carries an estimate of more than $1 million into the Oct. 29 Fall Catalog Auction at J. Levine. (All photos courtesy J. Levine Auction & Appraisal).

than $1 million -- and more than 100 other luxury items and rare collectibles from regional estates will be auctioned on Thurs., Oct. 29 during the “Fall Catalog Auction” at J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The public can preview items on Wed., Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again starting at 9 a.m. on Thurs., Oct. 29 before the auction begins at 11 a.m. In addition, Curtis Dowling and Andy Smith, co-stars of CNBC’s Treasure Detectives, will visit from London for a free lecture about fakes and forgeries on Wed., Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Josh Levine, auctioneer and owner of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, said the Fall Catalog Auction features a diverse selection of rare antiques, estate jewelry and other high-end items, but the fine art will most likely steal the show.

“The Marc Chagall Cockerel oil on board is clearly the star of the auction. We’re estimating its value to be close to $1.2 million. The same consignor also is selling a Chagall Musician oil on canvas that we believe to be worth about $300,000,” Levine said.

Other notable pieces of fine art include a René Magritte oil painting, estimated to be worth between $600,000 and $800,000. Magritte was a 20th century Belgian surrealist who achieved fame in his 50s for his thought-provoking paintings. An original Salvador Dali pen and ink drawing (circa 1950s) shares similar attributes to Dali's fascinating "Face of Mae West" and is estimated to bring in between $10,000 and $20,000.

Adding to the excitement of the auction is a special visit from Curtis Dowling and Andy Smith, the British international fake and forgeries experts and co-stars of CNBC’s reality show, Treasure Detectives. Their special free presentation, “Perception to Defeat the Art of Deception”, takes place on Wed., Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. Reservations are requested by Oct. 27.

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