Limited Edition


An artist looking to appeal to a large audience will often replicate his or her work by creating copies or prints in a limited number, thereby making the work available to many as opposed to only creating one original piece. A limited edition is restricted in the number of copies produced. A limited edition is less expensive than an original and is often used in marketing an artist to a different demographic than the collectors of originals. Collectors trying out a new artist will sometimes buy a limited edition to get a feel for the artist before committing to the purchase of an original. The value of the work is directly related to the number of editions of the work. The lower the edition, the higher the value of the work. In the medium of photography, limited editions of the original work are often employed in order to make the piece available to more collectors.