Limited Edition Prints have been first and foremost a huge disappointment from an investment point of view. The world is full of people who want to get rich quick. Limited Editions have shown to be not a superb investment. They are prints, and sometimes an individual print has been created thousands of times – almost like a poster – yes, signed by the artist and numbered – but automatic signing machines were invented around 1900, and still in use today.
Think twice before investing good money into a picture that has a large number. In theory, 400 and smaller are good numbers. But is the artist really going to sign 400 copies? That is hard on the fingers.
In another life I had a good customer who bought Limited Edition prints in multiples of 10 or more and then stored these prints under his bed. Guess what? Yes, the mice got in, ate the edges and peed on the images. I received the inevitable call as he was in the troubling position of trying to grapple with the insurance company who were being very cautious on approving his claim. Their difficulty was with the lack of uniformity in the nibbling and my good customer had not made any attempt to protect the collection.
Always protect your art in a clean environment. Less chances for damage.
My last words of advice on this – if you love the print – ready to frame and hang it on your wall in a very visible spot – then it is a good investment! Enjoy!