TemerityB wrote: ↑
February 10th 2020, 12:42pm
There are so many watch brands doing superhero tie-ins at this point (including TV shit) that it puts these things in a zero collectibility category; an autograph from a blade of grass will be worth more.
They ought to undo putting that wartche on the market.
Ed- Limited Edition, even in the fine art world means much less for value over time than ever. It
is worth alas what someone will pay you for it, your receipt or appraisal notwithstanding. Very few price tags for very few artists are nonnegotiable in the American art world. A watch relatable case in point, Warner Brothers animation art. My dearly, departed father, his dearly, departed sister and her daughter began collecting limited edition WB cel art in 1992, thereabouts.
IDK how many of us remember a Warner Brothers store in virtually every mall in America. AIR they had about 150 stores nationwide for 10 or 12 years; until 2001 or '02, they were everywhere. The store in Times Square was a 3 floor (plus bargain basement) wonderland of one of the best parts of my childhood.
The giant stores sold T-shirts, mugs, sweats, P.J.'s, toys and kids clothing. Everything that could be branded was branded- but the giant walls-o-cels were really the draw as the art was pretty much the only thing that changed on an almost constant basis. At some point Warner bought Turner which added Turner's Hanna-Barbera holdings- the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Scooby Doo, Yogi, and whonot to the lineup.
My dad and co stuck with editions of 750 that were manually signed by the artists. WB issued some pieces in editions of less than 750 including two highly valuable 1/1's whose whereabouts, last I knew, were unknown. Editions ranged up to 1,200 AFAIK, but there could be some higher. Many very cool pieces were unlimited and there is no record of how many of those were ultimately sold.
Cels included a certificate of authenticity with a raised WB seal. It recorded the number of the holographic seal on the front of the piece, the title and edition size, and the date signed by the artist. If the cel was purchased framed- not too badly priced in a package- the certificate was attached to the back with the price tag and a security tab in the lower right hand corner; those were purchased right off of the wall. Virtually everything sold out and has been for the better part of twenty years.
Half price to the seller on a very good day for the most popular pieces, somewhat lower on a scale of demand for the rest. If the seller is a dealer or auction house, they likely paid 20 to 25%, even less in quantity, gallery bankruptcies or from estates. Some large images and early editions can bring decent, but certainly not investment, or even appreciated, returns.
And they are absolutely everywhere- Virtually everything sold out and has been for the better part of twenty years; apparently 2.1 million editions limited to 750 pieces or so that sold like hotcakes. Like the Seamaster or the OP wartche.