The pleasure in collecting antique prints is enormous and every one tells its own story. The range of subjects covered is almost endless. Just about everything that people have ever done is reflected in the print. The variety of prints produced means there is just about something for everyone and many antique prints are still enjoyed today proudly on display in the collectors home.
So what about prices? Just like with map collecting there are a range of factors that together determine and influence prices. You have dealers, auctions, serious collectors, casual collectors, institutions and people who buy prints simply as decorative items. Nowadays you often get interior designers picking up prints in auction for some specific home refurbishment project or looking to add that touch of the ‘unique’ to their interior design theme. All these factors create fluctuation in the overall market and differing prices.
Here’s a look at some recent sale prices of antique prints from just a handful of popular subjects. Most are stocked by regular print dealers and as with anything, the more scarce an item the more likely you are to pay a premium price.
The prices achieved for these prints at auction are closer to what is known as a 'dealer' price. All would cost you more if you were buying retail from a reputable antique print dealer. If you have an interesting print buying experience please tell us about it by leaving a comment below.....
Thanks as always to Dominic Winter Auctions for print images and auction results. More HERE.