Imagine a tax free retirement nest egg that is economically stable, not reliant on bank backing, with no shareholder requirement, easy to inventory and manage, secure within the walls of your own home and if done right yielding far better returns than bank notes or dividends (unless you happen to be a major shareholder). Yes, that is fine art prints, the best kept secret in art market investment and here's why?
In the last two decades, fine art prints have gained in popularity and prestige, now emerging as valuable assets of investment with the potential to make impressive gains for a relatively small investment of up front capital.
American investors are uniquely placed to participate in this growth, given that much of the Golden Age of fine art print creation took place in the USA beginning in the late 1950's by such famous American artists the likes of Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Dine, June Wayne and even some key European artists such as Francoise Gilot (who did a considerable amount of graphic work in the US, with a strong following among collectors especially in the Mid-West and California). The original prints of Gilot, for example, in the last several years have consistently sold at auction for double or even triple the maximum asking price of the auctioneers hammer.
Unlike oil paintings, graphic works have always had appeal to everyday viewers and collectors beginning with the famous Parisian prints at the turn of the 19th century, saw immense value in limited edition original prints, signed by famous artists. This supports the model that ordinary collectors on modest budgets can make considerable investment gains in the long term with carefully selected fine art print acquisitions.