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 which can be affixed to 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. A identically numbered hologram seal is ready to be applied to the back side 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.

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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 an 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.

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.

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London Tower Quadriptych

Really great work,it’s really exceptional to have this piece of art, the reflect of the light on aluminium panels is just eyes catch.
Patrick Vandervoort / Belgium


I wasn’t sure about the BUTLERFINISH Look, I ordered this and one other piece and they look amazing on the brushed aluminium. Everyone that sees say they have never seen anything like them. I have received nothing but compliments and I personally love them.
D.R. Sams / USA
Is There Anybody Out There I purchased this unique print before moving into my apartment. I liked it so much I changed all my living room furniture from oak wood and cream to all black and white – And I absolutely love it! I definitely plan on buying more of Erik Brede’s art. The title itself is mystical in it’s own unique way.
Carol / USA

The Disappearance of the Elephant

Wow, what an amazing picture! I love the way the print on the brushed aluminium brings an extraordinary lively look. The Elephant is virtual 3D like when you move around the picture and the light changes and brings new elements to the picture. I am so pleased I invested in this! Great picture, fantastic combination, and a true and sad reminder of the disappearance of the Elephant …
Rune Sivertsen / Norway


London Tower Quadriptych

Really great work,it’s really exceptional to have this piece of art ... [Read the Review]
Patrick Vandervoort / Belgium


I wasn’t sure about the BUTLERFINISH Look, I ordered this and one other piece and ... [Read the Review]
D.R. Sams / USA

House by the Sea

Brede's beautifully composed nocturnal image of a house perched over the sea ... [Read the Review]
OnGallery / UK

The Disappearance of the Elephant

This piece is absolutely gorgeous! It’s a great conversation piece ...  [Read the Review]

Brittany / USA

Is There Anybody Out There

My Centerpiece! I purchased this unique artwork before ... [Read the Review]

Carole / USA

Berninis Statue of Angel

Having seen this statue in person, Erik certainly captures it beautifully. ... [Read the Review]

Frank / USA