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What is a Certificate of Authenticity?
The certificate of authenticity (COA) is an important document to accompany any sale of artwork. It provides evidence that the work has been made by you.
It’s especially important for works that cannot be signed directly by the artist e.g. sculpture or film as it helps to determine fakes and forgery.
The COA can be signed by the representing gallery or the printmaker who collaborated with the artist on the work.
When do I provide a Certificate of Authenticity
Collectors will often request a COA when buying an artwork that is unsigned or easily reproducible, e.g. photograph or 3D printed sculpture.
It also enhances and completes the experience for a buyer. Having the information signature provided by the artist connects the collector to the artist and their studio.
It also ensures the ongoing narrative and legacy of the work. It determines how the work enters the market and that the work is always represented and documented as the artist intended.
The first time the work is sold is known as the primary market.
If the work is re-sold it enters the secondary market and this document becomes vital as the work changes hands over time. This document helps determine provenance.
When collectors purchase a work on the secondary market, from a dealer, auction house or gallery they will ask for the COA and a fact sheet that details the work’s past owners, gallery, biennial or museum exhibitions the work has featured in and any press or catalogue listings.
It also helps collectors, curators, writers, press, represent the work consistently, as the information will always be referenced as a true record (so triple check your title,date, medium, size, photo credit for spelling and capitalization!)
If the work is sold via a gallery, they will have their own branded template with contact details on, which enables the collector to trace the artist if they ever want to or if they intend to sell the work.
It helps provide an interesting story for historians for years to come as they can trace the ownership.
What should a Certificate of Authenticity look like?
The document can be a super simple, elegantly clear A4 document, with nicely laid out text and image/s.
Or you could decide to extend the conceptual and aesthetic nature of your work in the choice of paper, font, envelope that represents your style of work.
They key thing is that it is an original document, that will be able to be kept for the lifetime of the work, as it accompanies the work.
You may choose to use a bespoke ink stamp, emboss the paper or apply some foiling - a particular, idiosyncratic make that makes it hard for anyone but you to reproduce.
Your unique system could be a particular colour ink, paper, envelop or packaging, or a small hand drawing or mark that reflects and connects the COA to the work.
Try to be consistent with your COA style for as long as possible, but don't worry too much about the aesthetic, as the most important factor is the information on the artwork and your unique, printed signature.
What do I include in a Certificate of Authenticity?
You should include the following information:
- Title of Work
- Year of Completion
- Location of completion
- Database code
- Special instructions (maintenance, hanging, care)
- Statement of authenticity by the artist - short, one to two sentences declaring the authenticity of your work and that it is copyrighted by you
- Artist / gallery stamp (if you have one)
- Additional Information (optional) – provide summary notes on the work, concept, materials, anything that helps the owner better understand or relate to the work (this can be anecdotal, handwritten, in quote form or written like you might see in a catalogue or on a label in a gallery). This is a delight for most collectors and historians, particularly if it reflects the artist’s vision, personality, line of enquiry or sensibility.
The following links connect to trusted organisations or initiatives that regularly provide or post prospects, ranging from opportunities to promote or sell your work, arts jobs, open calls, exhibitions, competitions, prizes, awards, calls for proposals and grants.
The following links connect to trusted organisations that host national and international residencies for artists and creatives.
The following links to established organisations provide funding opportunities for artists and creatives - if you have suggestions and recommendations please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following arts magazines (digital & hard copy versions) will provide insights and inspiration, enabling you to keep up to date with current creative outputs, trends, networks from around the world. We will keep adding other art forms, do please do send in suggestions email@example.com
The following links to informative and entertaining podcasts span a range of cultural outputs. If you have recommendations please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Monthly is updating it's calendar listings with an excellent selection of venues that are focusing on digital programming during the Covid-19 pandemic.
21st Century Creative Hosted by poet and creative coach Mark McGuinness, The 21st Century Creative podcast helps you succeed as a creative professional amid the demands, distractions, and opportunities of the 21st century.
Artificial Intelligence: AI Podcast Artificial Intelligence podcast (AI podcast) is a series of conversations about technology, science, and the human condition hosted by Lex Fridman.
Philosophy for our times The world's leading thinkers on today's biggest ideas
Mindscape Sean Carroll hosts conversations with the world's most interesting thinkers. Science, society, philosophy, culture, arts, and ideas.
The Infinite Monkey Cage Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.
Making Sense Neuroscientist, philosopher and best-selling author Sam Harris explores questions about the mind, society and current events.
Down to a Sunless Sea: memories of my dad is a moving, creative response to his fathers’ dementia, by storyteller Dave Pickering.
Bow Down: Women in Art History, Jennifer Higgie's excellent series about significant women artists from the past.
Presented by art historian and curator, Katy Hessel, The Great Women Artists Podcast interviews artists on their career, and curators, writers, or general art lovers, on the women artists who mean the most to them.
Recording Artists by the Getty provides some new insights on renowned women artists by Curator Helen Molesworth.
The Art Newspaper reports on international art & this weekly podcast, hosted by Ben Luke, is a chance to hear experts talk in depth about new developments or trends.
London's working art centre, Somerset House, publishes a range of new content by interdisciplinary creatives regularly on it's Blog including podcasts, interviews, new work.
Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode is produced and edited by host and creator Hrishikesh Hirway in Los Angeles.
Art UK is a charity & online home for every public art collection in the UK & the website represents a collaboration between over 3,200 British institutions.
Bad @ Sports focuses on the lives and work of artists, critics, curators, and dealers from artist Kerry James-Marshall to New York Times chief art critic Holland Kotter.
Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host Talk Art, a podcast dedicated to the world of art featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators, gallerists, actors, writers and musicians.
The Wysing Podcast series shares discussion, research and new work in audio and video formats.
99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture, from award winning producer Roman Mars.
Music-only themed radio streams, made from NTS resident and guest shows.
Fashion Revolution Podcast explores the hidden stories behind the clothing we wear. Through interviews and investigations, Fashion Revolution explores the intersection of sustainability, ethics and transparency in the fashion industry.
The Business of Fashion is a weekly audio episode presenting thoughtful editorial stories and fashion-oriented perspectives in a fresh way.
Creative Conversations with Suzy Menkes, Editor Vogue International at Condé Nast, conducts in-depth interviews with the fashion industry’s most influential designers, thinkers and executives.