Limited Edition Print Market Update –

Limited Edition Print Market Update –

Our good friends at the Humble Arts Foundation have just launched their new website which I have to say is absolutely fantastic. To kick off their new site, Humble Arts Foundation have released a new photo edition by Brooklyn based photographer Amy Elkins. The work, titled Justin, Brooklyn, NY, is from Elkin’s Wallflower series which according to the artist’s website “cultural grounds underlying gender, opting to focus on the beauty, sensitivity and vulnerabilities found in a sex that has long been held to masculine expectations and stereotypes”. As well as being a highly successful photographer whose work has been published in PDN, American Photo, Popular Photo, EyeMazing, Dear Dave and NY Art – Elkins has also co-founded an online showcase for female photographers called Women in Photography ( Being a very small edition of 5 signed and numbered photos, Justin, Brooklyn, NY is a great investment that is sure to sell out very quickly. To purchase this magnificent work which is selling for $500 go here:

In a previous post I wrote about the new limited edition photographs launched to celebrate Blindspot’s 15th anniversary which can be found here:
In addition to those photographs available when I last wrote about the anniversary editions, a work by Tim Davis has now become available titled “Church Flowers 2, 2007” and it is truly cracking work indeed. I particularly like the this work (and other works of Davis’s) because it displays the intricacies and detail often found in the objects and physical environment of everyday life that one would not normally have the time or inclination to stop and admire. “Church Flowers 2, 2007” is an edition of 15 and is available for $900 from the Blindspot website which you can find here:

Staying up to date with the trends relating to the demand and desirability of limited edition works of art can be a tricky thing to do especially considering the number of different editions being produced. Thanks to Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Editions sales, the task of identifying what’s hot in limited edition prints is made a bit easier. To see the results of the sale go here:
According to a press release from Christie’s, “Prints reflect our contemporary society in a unique way. The print embodies the aspirations of our culture, accessibility, inclusively, duplication, the free market and fashion. In the last fifty years printmaking has moved from the fringes of art production, to become a standard part of most artistic careers. Not only do the best artists of our time make prints, some of the best artworks of our time are prints.” Murray Macaulay, Specialist and Head of Prints, South Kensington.

Image 1: Justin, Brooklyn, NY. 2006 by Amy Elkins
Image 2: Church Flowers 2, 2007 by Tim Davis

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications

7 Responses

  1. Good stuff. Thanks Nick!

  2. Hi,
    I am a free lance graphic designer from Iran. I use digital painting programs (Corel painter and twisted brush) for creation of digital portraits. I have a question: is it possible to receive orders and make money with this special skill? I have an online gallery: please have a look at my works and write me your opinion.
    best wishes Shahin

  3. A person should never buy limited edition prints as an investment. My wife and I bought a few Charles Frace wildlife prints right after his first release back in 1973. We bought them because we liked them and they were all on our walls. Well over the years our decorating changed and now they are allin the closet. And even though some of the $50prints we bought are now about $1000 on the secondary market. I can not find anyone that will give me what I paid! They will go at a garage sale soon.Limited Edition Prints as an investment? You might as well respond to some of the email you get from Africa promising a big check!!

    • Unfortunately Charles Frace wildlife limited edition prints are not investment grade, they are more decorative works of art. Limited editions are a great investment as long as you choose the right ones. If you purchased the works because you liked them in the beginning then you shouldn’t be too disappointed that you aren’t getting a return on what you paid form them.



      • Yes we do still have them. If you would like to send me your email I will send you a list of what we have. You can email me at Where do you live?

  4. We certainly bought it because we enjoyed it. Like any investment “choosing the right ones” is the important part. At the time we bought Frace he had just started limited edition prints. There was no track record. The thing that gets me is, I gave $50 for my Northern Goshawk. But if I went to buy it now it would cost $1000. So it would appear that the only ones making money on limited edition prints are the galleries that still have them. I don’t pretend to know all the in’s and out’s of art work but I know there is not a limited edition print out there anyone could talk me into buying AS AN INVESTMENT.

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