Certificates of Authenticity

A Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) is an official document that includes several details about the artwork.

Every Limited Edition Print purchased from Erik Brede Photography comes with a signed certificate of authenticity, certificate hologram seal with CoA#, and a signed label that can be affixed to the back of the artwork. The document is mailed to the customer as soon as the artwork is delivered and accepted. The print has to be marked with the Certificate of Authenticity Hologram Seal and the signed label to be regarded as genuine. The system is designed to protect the security and genuineness of your limited edition artworks and reduce the risk of forgery.

Each Certificate is equipped with a serialized number. An identically numbered hologram seal is ready to be applied to the backside of the artwork after receiving the CoA letter. The combination of the certificate signed label and hologram seal assures that each Certificate of Authenticity relates to one particular piece of art and makes this a Signed, Limited edition.

What is CoA?

A certificate of authenticity (CoA) is a document to demonstrate that the item is authentic.

CoAs are most common in the art world. Generally speaking, a valid CoA for the artwork will include specific details about the artwork like when and how it was produced, the names of people or companies involved in the artwork’s production, the work’s exact title, the dimensions of the art, and the names of reference books, magazines, or similar resources that contain either specific or related information about either that work of art or the artist. The CoA should also state the qualifications and full contact information of the individual or entity that authored the certificate with his or her complete and current contact information.

Signed label   CoA Tamper

Facts about my CoA:
  • All my certificates of authenticity are original documents, hand-signed by me – NOT photocopies
  • A legitimate certificate of authenticity must fully and accurately describe the work of art which it is authenticating, including size, medium (limited edition print), date, title, edition size and CoA#. There should be no doubt that the CoA describes one and only one work of art. All my CoA meets all of these criteria
  • You can request and review the complete CoA and not just a portion of it before buying my artwork
  • If you have any questions about a certificate of authenticity, contact Erik Brede Photography and get the answers BEFORE you buy my art
  • All my limited edition prints are documented in my catalogues raisonne and can be downloaded from my web site (new version under production). In the Catalogue raisonne, you will find information about all the available print types and sizes, edition and catalogue number.
  • If you buy a print using my interest-free down payment plan, you will get the CoA document after all instalments are paid.

Read more about how to tag your print here.

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