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Limited Edition Prints
~ Limited Edition Prints Are Not Poster Prints ~
LEPs are copies, in limited number, of an Artist's original painting.  The Artist personally autographs each Print, and also hand-numbers each Print, usually in pencil (not printed or otherwise stamped).  A genuine Limited Edition Print will have a number such as, for example, 98/800, which shows that it's part of only 800 total Prints in circulation.
('Artists Proof' and 'Publishers Proof' Prints, also Limited, may be part of the release. These usually number about 50 if APs and 75 if PPs.)
When you see a Limited Edition Print, you know that
- it is one of a finite number in circulation;
- it is an exclusive copy of an Artist's original painting;
- the Artist has personally signed and numbered it.
For this reason Limited Edition Prints are collectors' items.
~ Definition of "Secondary Market" ~
Many of the Limited Edition Prints we are selling are now on the "Secondary Market": All the published Prints have been sold by the supplier, and are now in the hands of private owners.
It is understood in the art business that Prints on the Secondary Market sell at a higher price than their original starting price.
At various times investments were made in such Prints, according to customer input.  Not all have been sold.  These, too, are being sold well below the price originally paid for them.
~ LEPs Require Special Handling and Storage ~
Each item in our inventory is stored flat on foam board.  (The Prints must be kept flat, never rolled.)  The area of the Foam Core sheet is larger than the Print to protect the edges of the Print.
The Prints are held in place on the foam board sheets by Acid-Free paper corners.  The corners of the Print slide freely within these paper corners and the Print is otherwise unfastened: No tape, no pins; nothing that would harm the Print.
The Print and the foam board are shrink-wrapped in protective plastic.
Because Prints on the bottom of a stacked pile could be damaged, our Prints are stored on their edges.  (That is, on the edge of the protective foam board sheet, which extends by several inches beyond the edges of the Print itself.)
The Prints are stored in an air-conditioned environment, protected from extreme temperature conditions, from dampness, and from sunlight.
~ The Importance of "Acid-Free" Materials ~
"Acid-Free" materials protect the Print from damage.  Normal paper and cardboard contain acids which would yellow the fibres in the Print's paper.  Limited Edition Prints must be stored in such a way that they are in contact only with material that does not contain such acids.
"Foam Core" is one type of Acid-Free material.  It is smooth Styrofoam which contains nothing that would damage the Print.
It's just as important to use Acid-Free materials when a Print is framed.  It preserves the quality of the Limited Edition Print, which is also a protection of your investment.  All Limited Edition Prints that we sell—including all Framed Prints—have been in contact, and are in contact, only with Acid-Free materials.
(All of our Framing was done using Bainbridge Artcare (Acid Free) mattes.)
Regular materials are cheaper to use, but the acids could eventually leech onto the Limited Edition Print, causing damage.  As a collector item, even slightly stained, the Print would lose much of its value.
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