When it comes to paintings, sculptures or any other form of art the original always holds tremendous more value than any reproduction or replica. That begs the question do replicas hold any value. The answer is yes and no. While prints are often thought of as just copies of a more valuable piece of art and not worth investing in there are some exceptions to that rule. Prints by Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec have sold for more than seven figures.
Why Buy Prints or Replicas?
For most people original art work is well out of their price range but that doesn’t mean that they can’t appreciate the beauty of the artists’ creations. Prints allow you to gaze at a Michelangelo or a Rembrandt on the walls of your home without having to be a billionaire. Not only that but you can line your walls with every painting done by Picasso.
Prints Or Reproductions
Not all art prints are reproductions of old masters or some other famous artists. There are plenty of photographers and other artists that specialize in prints. Original prints are different from those that are just copies of someone else’s work. Copies of another artists work are referred to as reproductions and those don’t really hold any value. Prints on the other hand are original pieces of an artist’s work and usually there are a limited number of prints available and that will add to the price and the future value of a print.
Artists will sign their work in the bottom corner of a piece of art, this indicates the artist takes credit and ownership of the work. Signatures are one of the ways of determining the creator of a piece and to verify its authenticity. Signed prints can have two signatures by the artist. When you are buying a print that has been signed by the artist it is going to be worth more.
Limited Edition Prints
When prints are made they are produced in editions, much like books. Each edition contains a certain number of prints. You have unlimited edition prints where the work will continue to be printed as long as it sells. The other option are limited edition prints where there can be 2 or thousands of prints. Prints from limited editions command larger prices than unlimited print runs.
Replicas may not be an investment in art however that doesn’t mean replica art pieces can’t be used to decorate your home and to give you pleasure. If you can stretch your budget to some limited edition prints that might be a better investment.