Do You Need a Certificate of Authenticity for Your Art?

Artwork Archive | June 27, 2017

To COA or Not to COA

Lately, we’ve heard a lot of artists asking about whether or not to include a Certificate of Authenticity with their art.

Even if you are just starting out or feel doubtful your art will ever become that collectible—the answer is yes!

You never know when your art career will take off, and a signed, detailed Certificate of Authenticity helps collectors immensely when it comes to tracing your piece’s history and proving it’s the original. That being said, having this provenance in place can greatly increase the value of your art.

So, how do you go about creating one? Take a sigh of relief, because, in three easy steps, you can make a professional Certificate of Authenticity right from Artwork Archive.

Just follow this tutorial:

First, select the piece for which you need to create a Certificate of Authenticity.

TIP: If you haven’t already, this is a great time to mark the piece as sold. That way you can keep track of who bought what, when, and for how much, plus get insights to inform your art business strategy.


Click on Reports, and from the drop-down menu, select Certificate of Authenticity to start creating your document.



Next, fill in the details you want to include, such as price, an image or logo, and text where you should express copyright protection and more.


Here is sample wording you can use or adapt for your own artwork:

“This artwork is a one-of-a-kind original piece, derived from my own observation, imagination, sketch or photograph. All copyrights and reproduction rights are retained by [Artist’s Name]. This artwork may not be reproduced by any process or medium without the express written permission of the artist.”

Important details like medium, dimensions, and title will automatically be included from your piece in Artwork Archive.



Once you’ve finalized the details, just click Generate. You’ll be redirected to Reports where you can download, print, sign, and date a certificate that’s ready to be shipped out with your art!


Ready to make your Certificate of Authenticity and more reports with the click of a button? Start your free 14-day trial of Artwork Archive

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