Below is some info on Thomas Kinkade "limited edition" prints. We in the LF community have often debated this idea yet I have seen no one who takes it to this extreme. Even going to the 'DNA coded ink" for signing prints (using the signing machine) so the prints can be authenticated.
So much for the idea of exclusivity or even doing your own printing. If I were to attempt to make 500 of the same print, contact in silver or pt/pd hand coated, it would take a long time. I just dont' have that time if I am to print more than one image a month.
I am not saying limited edition work is positive or negative. We all make our choices & market the work as we see fit. But advertising a 'limited edition' and then having numbers that are so far from 'limited' as to be laughable seems to me to be dishonest.
Just framed a 'limited edition' print for a customer by a certain well-known artist. I've framed other work by this artist before, but this time I really read the Certificate of Authenticity and it stated the following:
Standard Numbered edition-Canvas: 2950
Standard Numbered edition-paper: 2850
Artist Proof-Canvas: 590
Artist Proof-paper: 570
Gallery Proof-canvas: 1100
Gallery proof-paper: 1000
Publisher proof-canvas: 530
Publisher proof-paper: 520
International proof-canvas: 590
International proof-paper: 570
Atelier National-canvas: 400
Atelier National-paper: 400
Atelier International-canvas: 400
Atelier International-paper: 400
Renaissance Edition-canvas: 240
Studio proof-canvas: 120
Studio proof-paper: 120
Master Edition-canvas: 1
BUT that's not all...
that's just for the 24x30 size that this picture was. It's also available in 20x24 AND 16x20.
The certificate states total worldwide edition size is..........get ready.............
"I have one in my shop now with a number of "2875/3500-I". And I have seen several with the letter(s) after like ZZ and II after the number.
That leads me to believe that the total size of the edition could be 3500 x 26 x 26 = 2,366,000 on just this one signed and numbered edition-paper. Crap, no wonder he don't hand sign the prints."