Editions and Authenticity
In the creative/art world there are several distinctions on how art pieces are cataloged, number, priced and collectability. The most common distinctions are Open Editions, Limited Editions and Artist Proofs. Depending on the number in the sequence of a Limited Edition run the higher the number, the higher the value and more collectable a piece is.
Open Editions are not limited to the number of prints made and available for sale at various sizes and materials. These prints are not numbered or part of a collection.
Limited Editions are held to 50 or 100 pieces of a particular artwork. Each image is hand signed, numbered, and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity mailed under separate cover. Once the edition sells out, there will never be another reprint of that image.
Artist proofs are no more than 10% of Limited Edition runs and typically held to 5 or less thus giving collectors even further exclusivity. Each Artist Proof is hand signed, numbered, and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity mailed under separate cover. High definition Artist Proofs are made available but are regarded as personal to the artist.