What is a limited-edition Artwork?
There's original artwork (which you typically see in museums) then there's reproductions or “poster art” seen at stores like Target and Marshalls, which most people have, and then there's the “in-between” for those of us who don’t want to spend a fortune but want something unique and directly from the artists’ heart. It's called limited-edition artwork. Many photographers will only print a limited quantity of their artwork, anywhere from 1-200 copies and sign and number each one of them. The smaller the edition size, the more valuable the artwork will typically be. Once these limited edition prints sell out, they will never be made available ever again. That's what makes limited edition photography unique and special.
Here are 5 reasons why you should invest in limited-edition artwork.
1. The work tells a story, and the artists often help us see the world in a new and original way. It's easy to see the time it takes to produce meaningful work. The artist has to consistently be looking at him/herself and figuring out why they do what they do. The extra bit of effort it takes for an artist to develop their craft and understand the meaning behind their work really shows the artist's authority in the art world, and that pours into the room you choose to place the art piece.
2. It doesn't need to be a well-known artist to be special. Limited-edition pieces don't need to be by famous artists for them to be a unique piece in your home. The more local the artist, or the less known the artist may be, is more cause for conversation. When you invite a limited-edition artwork into your home, it's like you are inviting that artist into your home.
3. You can start your own collection! When you start to invest in limited edition art from the same, or from similar artists repeatedly, you begin to create a personal collection. You can ask the artist to help you curate the artwork for your home and create a long-lasting relationship with the artist you choose to support. Even if you start with one or two pieces, your collection of limited-edition art will give your home a truly unique feel.
4. Increases in value over time. What better reason do you have to buy a piece of art today, then the fact that it can increase in value over time? If it is a limited-edition, you can hand it down, from generation to generation, or even auction it off in 20-30 years for a higher price than paid for today. It's impossible to know where the artist will be 20 years from now, but the value of signed work is usually two or more times higher than the value of an unsigned print, so if you have a choice, it's always better to go for the signed version!
5. Limited-edition Photography shows authenticity and uniqueness. When an artist puts out a limited edition print or a collection, they are showing their authenticity within their work. It helps build authority in their work, that they can limit the number of potential prints because they stay unique in their work and will produce other quality works when creating their next limited edition run in the future.