Limited edition prints are either original works (meaning they were created exclusively in a specific print medium by the artist i.e. Lithographs, linocuts, monoprints, aquatints, etchings and so on) or are limited production runs of already existing artwork (these are called "afters" because they are created "after the original") in collaboration with the artist himself. These prints are usually created in "editions" (an "edition" is the number of actual reproductions made) and are often signed and numbered by the artist. Limited edition prints are usually exceptional in quality, and far superior to "open edition" prints. Most limited editions are printed on museum grade archival papers (100% acid free, cotton rag) and are meticulously printed with the highest quality inks to show the incredible detail inherent in the original work of art.
Woman & Dog, 2018 Limited edition print by Christopher Mudgett
Are "Limited edition" prints collectible?
Absolutely. The exclusive nature of a limited edition print effectively raises its value and, therefore, its price. Although there are many factors to consider (i.e. artist's notoriety, historical value, edition size, signed or unsigned, demand and popularity of the specific work of art being reproduced etc.) because they are limited to a certain number and can never be duplicated again in the same capacity, they are often prized and sought after by collectors and art lovers alike.
What is an "edition"?
When considering purchasing a limited edition print, it is crucial to note the "edition" size or "edition" number. This simply means, the number of times the artwork has been reproduced. Usually limited edition prints are in edition of 25, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000. Obviously, the smaller the "edition size" the higher the value and therefor the more collectible the print becomes.
Where can I purchase a "limited edition" print?
Finding a particular limited edition print can be a bit more challenging than an open edition print. As mentioned before, there is a finite number of these limited prints available on the market, and depending on the edition size the price and scarcity becomes increasingly higher. Limited prints can be found at: art galleries, art fairs, art dealers, direct from artists, estate sales, auction houses or anywhere else fine art can be purchased. The price paid for a limited edition print will vary greatly depending on edition size, artist notoriety, availability and size. Limited edition prints can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars and beyond.
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