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Signed Picasso print bought for $14.14

UPI News Service, 03/28/2012 

Experts said a Pablo Picasso print purchased for $14.14 at an Ohio thrift store appears to be an original signed by the artist, worth up to $6,000.

Zach Bodish, 46, who bought the print of a crudely etched face with a French phrase advertising a 1958 exhibition of Picasso's work at the Volunteers of America thrift store in Clintonville, said he soon discovered a red scribble in the corner resembled the red signature the artist used to identify original versions, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported Wednesday.

Todd Weyman, vice president of Swann Auction Galleries in New York, said both the print and the signature appear authentic.

"It looks right as rain to me," Weyman said.

He said the print could fetch up to $6,000 in an auction.

Ohio State University history of art Professor Lisa Florman agreed the linocut, which was made by the artist carving a design into linoleum and then pressing it onto paper with ink, appears to be an artist's proof. She said the poster bears the number "6/100" and the French words for "original print, signed proof."

"It's one that the artist looked at carefully, not one of the subsequent, in this case, 94 that were just run off by a printer," Florman said.

Picasso, born in Spain, died in France in 1973 at age 91.

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