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How to Buy a Limited Edition Artwork On Exclusive Auction Houses
Who doesn’t love artwork? And when it is limited, the feeling of admiration is even bigger. However, it can be really hard to buy limited edition artwork, especially on auction houseslike Christies and Sotheby’s. Today, Design Limited Edition show you how to do it.
Even the biggest name artists love to create multiple pieces to reach a wider audience, and it’s now standard practice for all our leading not-for-profit contemporary art galleries to produce fundraising editions to accompany exhibition programmes. The ICA, the Serpentine, Chisenhale Gallery and Camden Arts Centre all sell interesting pieces and often at a fraction of the market value.
Then there are the outlets which are devoted to this format. The Multiple Store has commissioned limited-edition artworks from more than 30 prominent artists: there’s a giant brass tooth by David Shrigley; Fiona Banner’s hand-sized ceramic ‘full stops’ and a risqué Kaleidoscope by Yinka Shonibare MBE.
Plinth, meanwhile, offers bespoke work by luminaries such as Cornelia Parker, Gavin Turk and Beatriz Milhazes. Another leader in this field is Counter Editions, which since 2000 has worked closely with major artists – Martin Creed, Howard Hodgkin and Bridget Riley to name a few – to produce exclusive editions in media ranging from prints to photography, collage and bronze.
A favorite among the art-literate is House of Voltaire, Studio Voltaire’s fundraising pop-up, now at 31 Cork Street, Mayfair, until 18 December. Among the highlights are blankets by Michael Craig-Martin, tea towels by Peter Saville and aprons by Ed Ruscha, as well as artworks by HoV’s impressive range of artist friends.
Art Licks Trading Collection is a great site for supporting emerging talent with limited-edition artworks that double up as household objects, including a dinky James Capper bottle opener, sculptural ceramic vessels by Miriam Austin and Pio Abad’s “Champagne Socialist” tea towels.
Among the wares on David Shrigley’s website are a Park Life Skateboard and Heroin & Cocaine ceramic salt and pepper shakers and there’s much Eminabelia to be found on Tracey Emin’s website including a fine bone-china Christmas bauble emblazoned with an Emin robin.
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