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Valuing Fine Art Prints

Given that the matrix deteriorates slightly each time it is used, a print marked 1/40 is usually more valuable and of better quality than one marked 39/40. In valuing fine art prints you should also take into consideration the total number of the edition. A smaller edition number is always more valuable than a larger one, as there are less pieces circulating and in existence. It is mostly up to the artist how many pieces they will print for any one edition. However, some printmaking techniques are restrictive in themselves: for example, the technique of dry point does not allow for more than about 20 pieces.

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