The Basics of Investing in Limited Edition Prints

The Basics of Investing in Limited Edition Prints

Once you’ve figured out why you want to invest in art, an important part of the process is learning as much as you can about the art market, and which types of art you want to invest in.

To aid you in this journey, our expert art advisors have put together some advice to guide you through the basics of investing in limited edition prints.


What Are Limited Edition Prints?

Limited edition prints have been created specifically by the artist or their estate, and once a limited edition print run is completed, no more will ever be made. 

These prints should be of the highest quality, produced under the watchful eye of the artist or their estate and the master printer.

Limited edition prints should be numbered; usually written on the print itself in pencil, establishing which number each print is within the overall quantity, and come with a certificate of authenticity.

Hand-Signed And Numbered Limited Edition Art Print

Generally, the smaller the edition, the more valuable each print within the edition is. Most of the time, a print will either retain its value or increase over time.


Learn About The Art Market

When you’re looking to invest in a limited edition print, you increase your chances of a successful investment, with more understanding of the art market.

It’s important to spend time researching the art market for investment and building up a knowledge base that can help you prepare for your art investment journey.

Before you are ready to take the first step in investing, consider the following;

  • What type of artwork are you looking for?
  • What is your budget?
  • Where will you store your limited edition print?
  • Are you planning to sell it in the future?

Once you have a baseline idea, you should conduct some art market research. 

3 simple ways you can do this are:


View Art By Local Talent

While there are some fantastic renowned artists, there are also some excellent local emerging artists that may not break your bank balance. Attending the graduate shows and pop-up exhibitions of emerging artists as well as visiting art fairs, you can get to know who these up and coming artists are, and whose work resonates with you.

Loving the art you invest in is one of the most important aspects of a successful art collection.

Art Collectors Visiting S&P Gallery
Follow us @spgallerylondon on Instagram for regular updates on shows and exhibitions, as well as regular highlights on the art of promising emerging artists.

At S&P Gallery, we represent a broad spectrum of artists at different career stages and our expert art advisors have a keen eye for promising emerging artists, our hand-selected collections offer great potential for future profitability.


Conduct Offline Art Market Research

There’s no doubt that the internet is a powerful tool for conducting research and you can learn a lot about the art market using it, however, it’s also very wise to conduct some offline research and see some art in person.

Attend art exhibitions in your area, chat with local artists and attend art auctions to get an idea of how limited edition prints and other artworks are often sold and bid for.

Contemporary Art Gallery Interior


Enlist The Help Of Expert Art Advisors

Before you make any investment, you may want to seek the help of a skilled guide. In fact, there are many reasons you need an expert art advisor when it comes to investing in limited edition prints.

These knowledgeable individuals hold highly specialised knowledge about specific artists and artworks, art styles, periods and how the art market operates. Due to their wealth of knowledge and expertise, they’re able to accurately assess the quality and value of the artwork.

They have a large network of valuable connections and can also provide you with advice on trends, art authentication and provide art market reports. They’re also on hand to research art on your behalf and bid on artworks for you.

Ultimately, an expert art advisor will go out of their way to help secure the art that you want and help you when it comes to the best time to sell it. They are an invaluable asset to help to secure a limited edition print in line with your personal preferences and with the best potential for future profitability.


Storing And Caring For Your Limited Edition Prints

Knowing how to correctly store and care for your limited edition prints is vital in them maintaining their value and condition over time. Your artwork should be stored in a temperature and humidity-controlled environment to ensure it remains in pristine condition.

No matter where you’re keeping your prints, they must be kept out of direct sunlight and if they’re printed on canvas or are an origins painting, they should be kept in a cool, dry place.

If exposed to hot environments, the prints can slacken, stretch, or even become tighter. Any of those effects can cause the artwork to crack and begin to flake away. Moreover, humidity can also attract mould and mildew to the artwork. 

To maintain the right climate, you’ll want to store artwork at a 21-24 degrees Celsius temperature and a humidity level of 40-50%.


Displaying Your Limited Edition Prints

Because artwork can maintain or rise in value over time, investing in limited edition prints with the goal of selling them at a later date for a profit can be a waiting game. 

One of the beautiful things about art as an investment is that it can be fully consumed and enjoyed without decreasing in value as a result.

One great way of making the most out of a piece of artwork is having it shipped directly to you instead of keeping it in storage. This way, you can display your limited edition print with pride and use it in line with your interior design to decorate your home with art, before selling it when the time comes to do so.


Watching The Art Market

We know that it can be incredibly time-consuming and daunting the learn about the art market and then stay on top of it. An expert art advisor that acts on your behalf and helps you navigate the art market will always be up to date on art trends and market insights.

They’re able to keep your best interests as their top priority and regularly provide you with updates about the market, and how your specific portfolio is performing within it.


Knowing When To Sell Your Limited Edition Prints

Once your personal art advisor is confident that there’s an opportunity for you to make a profit from your limited edition print, they will contact you and advise you to sell it. 

A reputable art advisor will have strong connections and will know the right channels to use in order to promote, sell, or auction off your artwork.

Art Investment Auction Revenue

While there are many art advisors and brokers out there, our experts have a proven track record of consistent sales for our clients and securing high profits.

Some of our clients have even seen as much as a 64.4% increase in just 12 months.

Whether you’re looking to invest in a limited edition print, sell on simply connect with an art market expert, contact us today for art investment advice.


Are You Looking To Invest In Limited Edition Prints?

Knowing the basics of investing in limited edition prints is just the beginning, the next step could be to learn how you can begin to put together a collection of investment-worthy art that you can enjoy now, and potentially profit from in the future.

At S&P Gallery we specialise in providing the highest level of confidence in the art market and art investment. 

If you’d like to take the first step in your art investment journey, or even if you’re looking to expand or diversify your portfolio, feel free to contact our expert art brokers for the finest professional art investment guidance.

To learn more about the benefits of investing in art and investing with S&P Gallery, as well as our market performance some of the returns realised from our clients, you could also download our free art investment guide, which is packed with valuable information and insights.

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