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Fine Art Prints
Certificates of Authenticity
In 1971 (amended in 1982 to include other multiples, and again in 1988) California became the first state to enact legislation regulating the sale of fine prints. A fine art multiple is any fine print, photograph (positive or negative), sculpture cast, collage, or similar art object produced in more than one copy.
California law provides for the disclosure in writing of certain information (Certificate of Authenticity) concerning prints, photographs, and sculpture casts. All photographic or other prints being sold on the website must be sold with an accompanying Certificate of Authenticity provided by the artist.
Artists using TheArtGallerist.com website are using a marketing service only, and therefore are responsible to set forth a Certificate of Authenticity regarding the multiple. The Certificate of Authenticity for each print should include…
- The name of the artist.
- Whether the artist signed the multiple.
- A description of the process by which the multiple was produced.
- Whether the artist was deceased at the time the master image was created or the multiple was produced.
- Whether there have been prior editions and in what quantity.
- The date of the production.
- The total size of a limited edition (including how many multiples are signed, unsigned, numbered or unnumbered and whether any proofs exist).
- Whether the master has been cancelled after the current edition.