Open edition prints, also known as OEs, can be made in as many numbers as the artist wishes. They cost less than limited edition prints. This is what gives open edition prints their value. They allow the collector to acquire prints of exceptional images that are made to the same quality as limited edition prints but at lower prices.
Limited edition prints, also known as LEs, have been standard in printmaking from the nineteenth century onwards. A limit to the print run is crucial, as many traditional printmaking techniques can only produce a limited number of best quality impressions. This can be as few as ten or twenty for a technique like drypoint, but more commonly would be in the low hundreds - print runs of over a thousand are regarded as dubious by the serious art market for original prints, even though with many techniques there is no loss of quality... Read More