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The Importance of a Certificate of Authenticity
Posted by Graphica on 9/7/2008 4:00:20 PM (ET)
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Limited Edition and Original Artworks offered on ship with a Certificate of Authenticity free of charge. This Certificate is an official and valuable document that most insurance companies now require in order to insure artworks against damage or theft. Note: Unlike most art galleries and retailers who usually charge up to $50 for a COA (Certificate of Authenticity), provides this valuable document free of charge and is shipped with your artwork.

Sample COA Shipped with Artworks

A Certificate of Authenticity or simply COA is a common practice in the art world, but few art galleries and retailers include such an important document with their sales! It is a very valuable document which certifies the authenticity of the item, and not to be confused with a certified appraisal. Generally speaking, a valid COA for an artwork should always include specific details such as the artist name, artwork title, medium, dimensions, and suggested retail value.

In addition to including specific details about the artwork, the Certificate of Authenticity incorporates sophisticated techniques in order to combat illegal duplication and fraud. Each Certificate issued by is unique and bears a unique bar code associated with the artwork, and a unique Certificate number that is never duplicated. The special paper in which the Certificate is printed on has certain watermarks and features to help prevent illegal duplication.

Buyers should always insist on obtaining a Certificate of Authenticity with their artwork purchase. In addition, buyers should also be aware of fraudulent certificates issued by private sellers or unauthorized dealers; especially those provided on auction wesbites such as eBay.

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