Original Print


DEFINITION of 'Original Print'

A work of art that is created using a master image carved into a durable material, such as stone. The artist uses the master image to create one or more impressions of the image. There are several methods of print making, including intaglio, relief, and planographic.

BREAKING DOWN 'Original Print'

Prints are one of the oldest forms of art, and original prints are prized by art collectors. The original print itself is considered a unique work of art, and is not a copy of another artistic work. If the original print is not used by the artist to create copies, the artist will often still provide supervision and sign off on the impression once made.

This type of print is often inherently a limited edition print due to the wear and tear placed on the plate used to make copies. Each copy is signed by the artist and given an edition number indicating how many total impressions were made, and which impression number the particular copy is. The master image is either destroyed or marked so as to prevent its reuse.

  1. Gallerist

    The owner or operator of an art gallery. Gallerists buy and sell ...
  2. Chandelier Bid

    A bid that is announced by an auctioneer during an auction that ...
  3. Lyon & Turnbull

    An auction house established in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1826. ...
  4. Phillips

    A New York-based auction house specializing in the sale of art ...
  5. Proof

    An impression of a print made before an edition to check the ...
  6. Giclées

    A digital reproduction of a print created through digital technology. ...
Related Articles
  1. Insurance

    Should You Insure Your Collectibles?

    Insuring your valuable collectibles is just as important as insuring the rest of your home's contents.
  2. Personal Finance

    6 Major Collectibles Payoffs

    From comics to records these rare items scored unbeatable returns for those who were able to recognize their value.
  3. Retirement

    Contemplating Collectible Investments

    Profit margins are slim, but that needn't deter those with a passion for eras past.
  4. Personal Finance

    What to Collect: Apple Watch vs. Luxury Watches

    The "iWatch" is a new player in the luxury watch world. But will it stand the test of time? Some points for collectors to ponder.
  5. Personal Finance

    Buying Fur: Which Variety Is Worth the Most?

    Fur is once again hot among the haute couture set. A guide to getting the best skin for your style (and money).
  6. Insurance

    Designer Clothes: Why You Need Special Insurance

    You spend a lot of money on couture creations. Shouldn't they be protected from damage?
  7. Investing News

    3 Odd Investments Worth Considering

    Designer handbags, comic books and web domains: should these odd items be on your investing radar?
  8. Personal Finance

    5 Tips for Vintage Car Collecting

    Old autos. There’s just something about all that shiny metal that captivates our attention.
  9. Professionals

    5 Unique Assets to Invest Your Retirement Money In

    Investing for retirement doesn't always mean 401(k)s and IRAs. Here are five unique assets to invest your retirement money in.
  10. Taxes

    The Risks of Investing in Art and Collectibles

    Investing in art and collectibles has the potential to lead to a big payday, but it's often a difficult road.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Gross Profit

    A company's total revenue (equivalent to total sales) minus the cost of goods sold. Gross profit is the profit a company ...
  2. Revenue

    The amount of money that a company actually receives during a specific period, including discounts and deductions for returned ...
  3. Normal Profit

    An economic condition occurring when the difference between a firm’s total revenue and total cost is equal to zero.
  4. Operating Cost

    Expenses associated with the maintenance and administration of a business on a day-to-day basis.
  5. Cost Of Funds

    The interest rate paid by financial institutions for the funds that they deploy in their business. The cost of funds is one ...
  6. Cost Accounting

    A type of accounting process that aims to capture a company's costs of production by assessing the input costs of each step ...
Trading Center
You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!