11 June, 2019
Almost daily I get asked about “Authentication”. This seems to mean different things to different people. In the world of Andy Warhol prints, “Authentication” means only one thing: Authentication by the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board. Unfortunately this organization disbaded about 8 years ago.
The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne of Prints is THE source for information about his printwork. Published Prints and Unpublished Prints are listed in the Catalogue Raisonne. If a Published print is exactly as described in the Catalogue Raisonne it does not need to be authenticated if it meets the criteria as outlined in the Catalogue Raisonne. An Unpublished print should have been authenticated. Most of these were authenticated before being sold by the Andy Warhol Foundation. There are some unique prints in circulation that may not be listed or do not meet the criteria described in the Catalogue Raisonne. They should have been authenticated. The authentication consists of two stamps and a specific number on the back. One stamp is from the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, the other from The Estate of Andy Warhol. The number is written near the stamp.