Art Prices Guide, Paintings and limited edition prints

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There are many art traders on eBay who insist in trying to entice buyers into bidding on Limited edition prints (Lithographs, etchings, linoprints and silkscreen prints) by putting prices realised for major paintings at auction as a guide to the value of the artwork on offer. Limited edition prints are not as valueable as an original artwork no matter what the medium. Any buyer who views a listing by a seller who engages in this practise should be wary of this unethical practise. They are trying to baffle you into thinking what is on offer is worth more than it actually is. Multiples are not worth the same as a unique one off artwork. Never have been, never will be. This is also true for sculpture, particularly with multiple castings. Limited editions especially large ones over 200 should be viewed with sceptism anything with a huge huge edition number could mean it has been produced by a mechanical process (photographed then printed like a magazine Offset) Also be wary of the new phenomen of the Glicee print, again a photo of an original which is then printed of on a digital photography printer.  The ink on these prints have not seen the test of time and may in fact fade if exposed to to much light (close those blinds)
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