A collection or even a single piece of limited edition print of fine art is very precious for its owner and what makes it precious is its rarity and originality. But how do you make sure that the print you are buying is genuine and truly belongs to a limited edition? What if the publisher sells you the print at the cost of limited edition and also publishes it in an open edition run. Then your rare collection won’t be actually rare and hold little value in the art world. A certificate of authenticity can be handy here as it will be a written guarantee that the print you are buying is worth it.
Certificate of authenticity is a legal document which guarantees the originality of a limited edition print. It also states that the number of prints of the artwork is for the limited edition and never exceeded and that the reproduction is created to a certain standard.A certificate of authentication is signed by the artists if living or by their representatives. It also contains information about the artwork such as its title dimensions, edition number and size, method of production, name of the publisher and that of the artist and so on. It should also contain some wording to confirm the authenticity of the limited edition print.
The restricted number available together with the reputation and popularity of the artist makes the potential of an artwork to increase in value over time. Open edition prints cease to have any real monetary worth once they are purchased. Even their high quality and artists name does not hold much value if it is not a limited edition prints. It therefore becomes important to check the authenticity of such art prints.
The owner of a limited edition prints can get an appreciated value for his possession only if he has the proof that it is indeed a limited edition otherwise the work would be equal in worth to an open edition print of a similar quality.
You can be sure about the authenticity of a limited edition print if you take a little care before taking the risk of buying it.
Asking questions about the means through which the particular piece of work is acquired is a basic precautionary step. Any reputable gallery and publishers would happily supply these details.Have a good look at the certificate of authenticity before you buy the art. You can ask for a copy of the complete certificate to be emailed to you if the art is for sale online. A genuine and reliable publisher should not have any problem complying with such a request.
It is important to have a thorough understanding of the wording on the certificate of authenticity. If it contains any conditional statements like “thought to be…” or “in our opinion…,”then this can be understood that the particular piece of limited edition art is probably not genuine.
Any certificate of authenticity that contains any incomplete or illegible sections in it should not be accepted as a genuine certificate.
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Originally posted 2012-02-29 04:44:35.