What To Know When Buying Limited Edition Art Prints?

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  • 4 months ago

    Traditionally a real fine art print was always limited edition but never called "limited edition." It's like like calling champagne real french bubbly wine. It is that, but you didn't need to say. The artist was not a machine so he or she could only make so many prints at a time. They typically number them, and reserve a few for themselves called artists proofs. It's only in more recent times that the artist can theoretically make as many prints as they want, so they purposefully limit production to increase scarcity and thereby increase collectability.

    Most art prints today are what is called a giclee, a fancy computer ink jet print made on good paper with fade resistant ( archival) ink. Photographs will be similar, not necessarily called giclee. Some more traditional method like a silver gelatin print will be well advertised as a selling point. In digital times nothing is really limited in terms of the ways it can be reproduced.

    So basically with prints, it's a couple things. How it was made--it's either traditional-- etchings and engravings and other intaglio method prints, lithographs, stencil or silk screen (serigraph), relief prints like wood block, linoleum cuts, letterpress, etc., maybe a few other methods, or non traditional--some kind of xerox or digital copy or computer print. Can be one color or many colors.

    Then, it should be signed (or initialed or stamped) and numbered-- like 41/100 meaning print 41 out of 100 total. Unless it's really valuable and old, before artists began doing that. Paper type is also important. No wood pulp, only "rag" (cotton) paper or Asian "rice" paper (thin high quality paper made from different fibers, not rice). "Acid free" (buffered wood pulp) paper is ok for a cheap print.

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    4 months ago

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  • 4 months ago

    One of the things to consider is how the artwork is produced. If it's a digital print, it probably won't increase in value (except maybe certain Giclee prints). If instead it's a lithograph or other non-digital production, and the plates are destroyed after the print run, then they have more value or can become more valuable. So look to see the method of reproduction and the actual "limit" of the run. (A limited edition of 500 is more likely to gain value than a limited edition of 5000.)

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    4 months ago

    That they're not really likely to appreciate in value, because the whole "limited edition" thing is just to reel in suckers who think they're getting something that will hold or even increase in value the way fine art does, when in reality they're just high quality photocopies of actual art.

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  • 4 months ago

    When you find a print or picture that you want to buy, the next step is to examine the artwork's edition info. These details can allow you to recognize the lasting value of your art and may even provide insights into the artist's market.

    You can find variant information recorded on Here is what you will need to know.

    Techniques such as photography, printmaking, and cast sculpture enable artists to create several versions of the same work. While these artworks aren't unique, they're still considered first artworks--and may be relevant to artists as their one-of-a-kind bits.

    The complete number of artworks produced in the variant, so that every individual work will retain its value over time. Printers and artists frequently destroy the substances they use to make these functions --if that be printing plates or photographic negatives--to be sure it is impossible to increase the edition in the future. https://www.virtosuart.com/blog/what-to-know-when-...

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