What does artist’s proof mean?

And is an artist’s proof more valuable? The term artist proof is used in connection with limited edition prints. It is a common practice that an artist keeps a number of prints out of a limited print edition for his own use. They might be use in exhibitions or in the artist’s private home etc etc. These prints are called artist proofs or épreuve d’artiste (French). Typical abbreviations found on such prints are AP, A/P, A.P. or similar. In strict terms, artist proofs are not meant to be sold in the market, at least not immediately.

So is an artist’s proof more valuable? Short answer is YES they are. From a collector’s standpoint a print that has been in the artists personal collection is more valuable simply because it is more unique. If the print has a unique twist to it, the print would be even more sought after and valuable. A unique twist could be a hand written note on it from the artist himself for example.

When finding a limited edition print that you are interested in, you should inform yourself about the edition size and artists proofs before making the purchase.

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Example of an Artist's proof fine art print. Is an artist's proof more valuable

Example of an Artist’s proof fine art print. Is an artist’s proof more valuable to a potential buyer?