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What is the Secondary Market?

Art For All are specialists in the secondary market and we are extremely successful at regularly sourcing sold-out copies for our many customers on a daily basis.

But, what is the secondary market?

Fine art limited edition prints and sculpture are limited in number. Consequently, when the last copy of any particular issue is sold by the publisher that issue is then sold out and no further copies can be produced over and beyond the limited number in the edition.

Whilst an issue is sold out from the publisher, further copies often become available on what is known as the “secondary market”. Typically, these are copies that have been acquired by galleries and dealers anticipating a sell-out issue and the consequent increase in value as demand drives prices upwards. Secondary Market copies are therefore, usually, mint unsold copies and have rarely been pre-owned.

How much more could a secondary market copy cost?

Typically, secondary market prices can initially be between 15 – 50% higher than the original published price and, in some cases, pieces that are very much in demand can double in price very quickly indeed.

As specialists in this secondary market, we have many contacts with dealers and galleries both in the UK and internationally. We pride ourselves on our ability to source sold-out copies at the best possible price and are routinely successful in doing so for our many customers.

We can usually manage to find the piece you are looking for the same day but, occasionally, where rarer issues are unavailable, we will take your details and contact you should a copy come on the market.