As prints are available in editions, they are often more affordable when compared to one-of-a-kind pieces. As a general rule, the smaller the edition size, the more valuable the print. For data-driven buyers, historic (or secondary market) prints are a great place to start. If you are wondering whether to buy a specific print, you can research auction results for other artworks from the same edition. These direct comparables will give you a sense of an artwork’s market value and can help guide your bidding decisions at auctions and price discussions with galleries. Prints are usually flat and this makes them relatively inexpensive to ship. To ensure a safe delivery, prints only need to be flat-packed (wedged between two pieces of foam board) or rolled into a tube. By contrast, paintings and sculptures often need to be transported in a wooden crate to prevent damages and this added weight increases shipping costs.
Many artists produce and sell art prints for way less than their originals as a way to make some cash flow but also to just get their art out in the world to more people. To the uninitiated, the world of prints can be quite confusing, while original prints are an exciting and affordable way to collect. However, the value of a print depends on a variety of factors. Particularly old, rare, or fine prints are priced higher than others in the category.
Prints from small editions (often, 150 or less) are more valuable, as it’s likely that the artist was directly involved in the production of each print. When editions are small, the individual artworks in the edition are rarer, and as a result, more expensive.
Very large prints, especially those greater than 60.96 by 101.60 centimetres, are especially difficult to produce, requiring elaborate techniques, one-of-a-kind printing presses, and the hands of a master printmaker.
The vast majority of prints are works on paper, which makes them prone to water stains, fading, creasing, trimming, and other damages. Therefore, the art print at CAMA Print are guaranteed to be delivered in the best condition possible.
Like all artworks, fine art prints are more valuable when they are hand-signed by the artist. It doesn’t matter much if the signature is located on the front of the print, the back of the print, or on its accompanying Certificate of Authenticity.