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What are important things to pay attention to when buying a limited edition print?

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Many art collectors abominate prints. Prints are often seen as mass produced reproductions of famous works of art that are of low value and therefore not worth investing in. Completely unjustified, because nothing turns out to be less true! In 2012 one of the first prints of Pablo Picasso was sold for over 2.1 million euro by the international auction house Christie’s.

Purchasing prints is a great way to get your hands on a work by a renowned artist at a reasonable price. Where a price of the original work is often too high for many people, a print often costs only a fraction of the original work. When purchasing a limited print, there are a number of things that you as a buyer should pay attention to.

Le repas frugal by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Le repas frugal by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Choose a print with a small edition
Of course the first golden rule is to buy a piece of art that you love! It is often the case that prints are produced in series, also called editions. In contrast to prints in an open edition, which are often produced infinitely, a limited edition, as the word implies, is limited. This can vary from a few prints to thousands of prints. Of course, art prints in a limited edition retain their exclusivity and are often higher priced than prints in large runs. The volume of the edition is usually displayed in the left corner of an artwork.

My Flat Country by Menunana
My Flat Country by Menunana
Limited edition of 25
Limited edition of 25

Note the signature of the artist
A signature of the artist contributes to the authenticity of an artwork. The value of a signed print is usually higher than the value of an unsigned print. Most artists sign the work in the right corner of the print. With a signature the artist gives permission for a limited print and takes ownership for a particular artwork.

The Winner by Ole Ahlberg
The Winner by Ole Ahlberg
Signature of the original artist
Signature of the original artist

Numbered, signed and a certificate of authenticity
When a limited edition is authentic, the works are signed and numbered at all times. In addition, a limited print usually contains a certificate of authenticity. This guarantees the quality and authenticity of a print. The certificate shows which number from an edition you own. This number also corresponds to the number on the front or back of the artwork.

Certificate of authenticity
Certificate of authenticity

How is the quality of a print determined?
Although an artwork is reproduced when printing, a print is much more than just a copy of an original work. Fine art prints are from a completely different level. They originate because of a close collaboration between the original artist and a print studio or printer with years of experience. They are very skilled technicians and often artists in their own way. Then of course there is importance of the quality of materials. Which is of great importance for the quality of a print.

Our promise
Mr. Wallski works closely together with the original artists. All limited prints in our shop are exclusively available at Mr. Wallski. In addition, all prints are numbered, signed and contain a signature of the original artist. Mr. Wallski works with a Master Printer that has over more than 25 years of experience in fine art printing.

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