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Hors de Comerce (H/C)

Occasionally you can come across prints marked with H/C. This stands for Hors de Comerce, or Not for Sale. These are prints made extra to the edition and the artist's proofs that the artist intended to give away as presents or simply not for sale. Given the fact that there are very few of these, over time and especially if the artist becomes famous, the Hors de Comerce prints have a higher commercial and collectors value than those within the numbered edition. (Before commerce) traditionally were the sculpture/graphics pulled with the regular edition, but were marked by the artist for business use only. These pieces were used for entering exhibitions and competitions, but today, these they generally are allowed into distribution through regular channels.

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