WHY LOW LIMITED EDITIONS?
SIMPLY BECAUSE SCARCITY INCREASES VALUE AND DEMAND,
HIGH QUANTITY DIMINISHES DEMAND AND VALUE.
For an art acquisition, a final decision should equally be driven by the aesthetic appreciation and the investment standpoint. Note that only a limited edition run of less than fifty (50) Artist proof (all sizes & finishes combined) should ever be considered.
Because de facto, it is the standard practice in the serious and real world of galleries, collectors & art auction houses.
For this reason, all Malteste’s editions artworks carry a strict & only production limit of 38 Artist proof or less for all sizes & finish combined. Once a signed and numbered artwork has reached its production limit, it is retired and will never be produced again.
It's very important to remember that a limited edition of 100, 225,450 or even 995 units are not limited edition but merely a high-end poster business and as an investment, will have absolutely no resale value ever.
A LARGE NUMBER LIMITED EDITION IS NOT SCARCE ENOUGH TO APPEAL TO A TRUE ART LOVER COLLECTOR OR INVESTOR WHO MUST HAVE SOMETHING ORIGINAL AND RARE IF NOT UNIQUE.
As a conclusion, there is no guarantee that ant artwork can increase in value over time, but as a certainty, if artworks are not limited under 50 a/p or less, they will never appreciate in value but most probably decrease in value over time.
AS A FINAL NOTE AND AN IMPORTANT QUESTION TO REMEMBER: Is the artist working for the genuine interest of the client or primarily his own pocket? If the Artist Proof Edition is a low number; you have your answer.