Prints can be of drawings, paintings posters, maps, images. This category includes many different styles and eras from Old Master prints, 19th Century Prints, Impressionist & Modern Prints to Contemporary Prints. There are various techniques of printing and our expert can identify whether the print is planographic, a lithograph, a screen-print or a mono-print. Prints can be mass-produced, and so the most valuable pieces will be those with very small edition numbers. Date is also very important - the older the print the more valuable it will be - as well as if the print carries the artist’s signature or any individual marks. Prints such as hand-made lithographs or even wallpaper can be a low-cost option for a buyer who wants a work by a famous artist. For example, Damien Hirst has designed a range of wallpapers, some of which were sold during his Pharmacy sale at Sotheby's, including a wallpaper featuring images of pills and fictional descriptions.
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Our prints expert worked in the auction and art market for ten years in London and has since become a freelance valuer. Considered a great specialist in his field, he focuses on historical and decorative British and European prints c. 1650 – 1900, in addition to 18th & 19th century platebooks (books illustrated with prints), and old printed maps.