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What Are Collectable Sculptures?

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So what is a collectable sculpture?

More or less, a collectable piece of art.

It’s no secret that collecting art has been around for as long as we can remember.

How does it, or should I say did it come about.

OK…. say if you favoured a particular artist and the art work they do, their particular style, or the way that they may portray life in their art work which really appeals to you.

Then you would be drawn to want to buy their work. You like it so much that you and want to buy more of this artists work.

This is how an art collection materializes.

Another example, is if an artist at a particular time is favoured by society; and it is the in thing to have one of these artists pieces of art work in your possession at the time.

Of course there are more reasons to have collectable sculptures.

It might not have to be just one artists piece of work, but a style of work, trend does have allot to do with it. It’s a bit like fashion, if its in for the season; everyone should have one…..

The final example I am going to give you is back to the all-o-mighty-dollar again. Collectible also means that a piece of art work is worth money, or that there is the promise of a great deal of money to be made on a certain collection.

I think you are getting my drift now………

What do we look for when looking for collectable sculptures.

  • A sculpture with the name engraved of the artist on it.

  • The year that the sculpture was made.

  • Preferably the number of the limited edition engraved on the sculpture.

  • With the specific number of the edition you have brought, like this: 2/40. Meaning that you have the second casting of a limited edition of forty.

What Are Collectable Sculptures?

These are important necessaries to look out for when buying collectable sculptures. You will also see that some sculptures come with a piece of paper, describing what the sculpture is, the title of the sculpture and the edition number all written down for you.

I do this myself when I sell my “limited edition collectable sculptures”.

There will also be illegal copies out in the market place, so watch out for these.

If you want collectible sculptures, you need to look out for the signs of authenticity, and if you are sold a sculpture without all these things I have pointed out for you above.

Well sorry…… a copy is not regarded as collectible. And as for getting any money for it in the future. It will not appreciate because it isn’t an original from the artist.

Sure…. copies are relatively cheap to buy, and it’s nice to decorate the house with, if that’s all you want to do.

But you cannot go showing these sculptures off to your friends boasting that you have a certain sculpture from a certain artist, just let your friends know it’s a copy.

Collectable sculptures will gain in value once the edition has been sold out, once this has happened, your own edition of this certain sculpture, could be well sort after.

For instance, the artist may become more famous, other owners of this particular edition might not be willing to sell – that’s where you come in.

You maybe the last resort for an art collector who really wants that certain sculpture. You could can then command a good price for your piece.

“A sculptor wields The chisel, and the stricken marble grows To beauty.” ~ William Cullen Bryant

Other art collectors keep art like it was equity in the bank to be drawn on in the future if needed.

Whether you are an art collector or want to start collecting art. It’s a bit like having stocks and shares. The only difference is, that you can have it up on your mantle piece, and admire your collectable sculptures.

Far more interesting, and to put the seriousness of art collecting to the side, it can be a very rewarding and visually delightful past-time for you.

As a sculptor myself, my sculptures all come in limited editions. This is where I make the decision on what number edition of a certain sculpture I will make, thus making it one of my collectable sculptures to the public.

As the artist, I can keep what is called an “Artists Proof” this does not become an included number of the limited edition. It is more a reference for the artist to keep, and could be sold on by the artist, but rarely is.

The photo of the sculpture of “The Australian Light Horseman” above, which I did many years ago now, is a limited edition of  ed:21. As you can imagine, these sorts of sculptures could be sold anywhere.

One that sold, stands at The Australian Outback’s “Stockman’s Hall of Fame” in the Light Horseman’s section. Another was sold to Germany to the Army. So you could imagine where in the world your sculptures could get to.

If you do get an artists proof, hold onto it! The smaller the edition, the higher it will cost. Think about it…. if the edition is only ten, then there are only ten in the whole world. Put your thinking cap on and go WOW!

O’ yes, also the earlier the numbered edition you have, seems to also command a higher price, don’t ask me why, but is does.

If you just want to collect because of your taste in art, go right ahead, it’s still worth money as long as it’s a limited edition.

You might like a certain style of artists work, whatever it is, the world of collecting art  makes your life all the richer in so many ways.