For the Collector...
of Authenticity are issued to ensure the work of art you are
paying for is exactly what you are getting.
It is the document that proves that the work of art is by the
artist, and not a forgery. If
you are buying a sculpture or part of a limited edition, it insures
that the work is authorized by the artist, not outside of the
edition. Works that are
not inside the edition set by the artist are unauthorized and
therefore illegal. They
are stolen from the artist, or are forgeries.
When you buy artwork by Ernst Neizvestny, a
Certificate of Authenticity always accompanies it, either at
the time of sale or is sent to you within a short period of time.
If you buy the work from a gallery, the certificate should
come from the gallery, and have the galleries name, address and an
officers signature on it.
If you buy the work from the secondary market
(from another collector) you should receive the certificate from
where ever the art was originally purchased.
If you buy artwork from the artist, you will
receive a Certificate of Authenticity directly from Ernst Neizvestny
is only one certificate issued per work of art!
Keep your Certificates in a safe place.
If you lose your Certificate, another should not be issued.
Certificates of Authenticity should contain at
least the following information:
The name of the artist the work is attributed to
The title of the work (or 'untitled' if the artist
did not title it)
The size of the work
The medium of the work (bronze, marble, oil on
pencil drawing on paper,
etching, lithograph, etc.)
The total edition size, including Artist Proofs (AP)
or ORIGINAL if it is the only one created.
specific number of your work (15/25
- your work
is number 15 out of a total of
a signature of the person authorizing that the
information is accurate.
To see a sample Certificate of Authenticity
issued by Ernst Neizvestny Studio, click here
PLEASE NOTE: Original Bronze sculptures are, by
international standards, still considered original (as compared to
limited editions) if they are cast in an edition equal to or smaller
than 9 + 3Aps. That
nine numbered works, 1/9 to 9/9, plus three artist proofs, that
are usually numbered 'AP'.
IF YOU OWN A WORK BY ERNST NEIZVESTNY, and you are
unsure of its authenticity, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.