On 7/27/13 I attended an "estate auction" at the veteran's hall in Lafayette CA. They were auctioning off artwork and jewelry.
Many of the artworks were purportedly signed by the artist or "signed" in the plate (lithographs)and were auctioned off as "authentic". This auction has a no refund, no return policy. I bought 3 pieces of artwork for about $2500 and brought them home. One was a supposed signed serigraph by Azoulay.
It was auctioned off as print 9/19 I a limited edition. I believed it was actually an artists proof because it said 9/19 PP. I bid on it anyway and when I got it home I found that the supposed certificate of authenticity said nothing about where it came from or that it was an artist's proof. It was also for a completely different work with a different title.
I became suspicious and took the other 2 lithographs out of their frames. These were supposed works by Dali "signed in the plate". However, I discovered from the watermark on the paper that these prints were made after Dali stopped signing anything and the dates did not match any editions of any legitimate printing of these prints. I have been trying to contact Windsor Auction House but cannot reach anyone.
I have tried contacting the fraud department at my credit card agency - haven't reached them yet. I reported them to the FBI. The 2 Dali prints in their frames are worth perhaps that cost of the frame plus the cost of a copy of a Dali print. - perhaps 1/5 of what I paid for them.
If the Azoulay is truly a signed artist's proof, it might be what I paid for it, but since the COA that came with it was for a completely different work of art. I doubt the authenticity of this piece as well.
I will never again attend an auction by"Windsor Auction House" or any "estate auctions" which seem to be auctioning off mostly expensive jewelry and lithographs and prints of fine art. They are likely fake works of art and poor quality jewelry.
Monetary Loss: $2500.