If you have followed me on this blog for the past few years, you know I have suggested you guys to pick up some limited edition artwork here and there. While art, like stock, is never a sure thing, but I always feel if you buy a blue chip artist's work, most likely it will increase in value while give you joy daily. Of course most of the blue chip artist starting prices typically is five to six figures and often they can command seven or even eight figure for masterpieces. I certainly don't have the budget for those one off pieces so I go for limited edition that are published by museums and charities by these artists.
Today, I went back to see the pieces I have recommended in my blog and did a search on the internet to see what they fetch today. Here's what I found:
On January 9, 2015 (so about year and a half ago), I recommended you guys to buy a limited edition Cindy Sherman tray from Sundance Institute. The run is limited to 500 pieces and sold at an affordable $150 a pop. Today, I found one on ebay sold on June 5, 2016 for $950! I also found it at an art gallery asking $1750!! Now how many asset classes out there command this kind of return?!
On September 22, 2014
(almost two years ago), I recommended you guys to buy a limited edition
print by Takashi Murakami whom is probably most famous for his
collaboration with Louis Vuitton. This print was sold on Yoox.com and
you have two options. One is called Contemplating Dark Matter and the
other is called Standing on the Bridge, Linking Space and Time. The run
was 125 pieces each at $585 a pop, which includes frame and matting
plus shipping. If any of you have custom frame a print before, you know
how expensive it is! A quick search yield someone on Ebay in Ireland
selling theirs for $950.
December 23, 2012 (three and a half year ago), I recommended you guys to buy a limited edition Peter Doig print from Tate Modern called Two Faces and a Guitar. The run is limited to 500 pieces and sold at £350 a pop. Today it is being sold by an art gallery for £950. A listing on German Ebay sold for €800.
On December 26, 2012, (three and a half year ago), I recommended you guys to buy a limited edition print by fame photographer Mario Testino. I even give you a discount code to save you £250. I recommended the Kate Moss print as I believe it would be the more valuable among the selection. This print had a run of 175 pieces at £1200 a pop but with discount code, the price dropped to £950. This is by no mean pocket change especially back in 2012; one pound was worth about 50-60% more than dollar. Fast forward to January of 2015, one was sold for £7,500 at Phillips auction house.
Although not everything I recommended had gone up in value yet. Case and point, I recommended to buy Jeff Koon's Split Rocker plate for $475 on December 4, 2014. Unfortunately the edition is still not sold out so until it does, the value will remain the same if not somewhat lower on the secondary market.
Buying art is not always about investment. I always believe you have to love what you buy. But I do think if you stick with blue chip artists' limited edition artwork, you are likely to rip the rewards few years (or a decade) from now.