Post by misterwhisper on May 15, 2016 7:16:18 GMT 1
The notion that lower numbered prints are worth more is purely subjective, but it's rooted in practicality. Once upon a time (and I mean centuries ago), when printmaking was done with a malleable matrix like an engraved plate or woodblock or a lithograph stone, the best quality prints were the lowest numbers because they were the first ones struck. As printing went on, the matrix would wear down over time, or develop cracks or scratches, and these flaws were often transferred the later, higher-number prints. That's why etchings and prints by Renoir and Rembrandt exist in so many "states" -- when the plates wore out and could no longer print capably, the artists would re-work and re-compose the matrix, and thus the next "state" (or latest alteration) of the print would begin, with numbering reset to 1 because the plate was refinished and the composition was essentially new.
Today, most materials are sturdier and matrixes can be easily replaced with identical copies on the fly, so the quality is consistent throughout the run. Some people still believe that lower numbers are better quality, some like the nod to tradition, and some just like low numbers, and there may be other factors involved, but in terms of quality, prints from a decent shop will be no better or worse throughout the run. So like everything else, the worth of a low number is simply what the market will bear.
I don't know how much it goes in secondary market but an AP should worth about the same of the regular edition. The Shep's crew often gives AP if they oversell or have to replace damaged prints. So for me AP are like part of the same release/run.
Cheers, yes it appears that way. The normal edition is an unlimited run and so 260 for the AP does appear steep
The unlimited version is a lithograph, the regular edition Screen Print is worth around what you're being asked. But a quick search on ebay finds you can get the regular edition for nearer £180. I wouldn't pay extra for an AP version... or not much.
Also is there any value / quality difference between silkscreen prints vs offset prints with shepard fairey?
Offset/Lithograph is just a nice poster... (printed on shiny paper, like a poster you'd find in a shop) Screen Prints are far nicer, limited edition and worth much more (price depends on the image, popularity and age)
Also is there any value / quality difference between silkscreen prints vs offset prints with shepard fairey? [/quadote]Offset/Lithograph is just a nice poster... (printed on shiny paper, like a poster you'd find in a shop) Screen Prints are far nicer, limited edition and worth much more (price depends on the image, popularity and age)
Excellent it is paradise turns, artists proof signed screenprint on specklethone paper