Greetings all! Recently I've been trying to hunker down and organize myself to be more professional when selling my work, particularly in organization, keeping records, and business protocol. In my research about how to store and inventory my art, I've come across the concept of Certificates of Authenticity (and was also briefly exposed to it in Printmaking courses where the concept originates).
For those who don't know what a CoA is, it's a certificate you would include with your work that ensures the work was created by you, states the number of the print or original, the title of your piece, who owns it, and other such important info.
You can find an example of a CoA here: http://www.fineartstitle.com/sample.php
I like the idea of including one to give the customer some guarantee that this image is one of a kind, that should it be lost or stolen it is trackable to a certain degree, and that the work has legal provenance (or a researchable history which is important to museum display and for some galleries). I certainly don't expect my work to be in museums, but the idea of legal provenance is still an appealing one. I've always been nervous when I sell originals at art shows and never hear of the collector who bought them or really know where my piece is, as if it's just sunken into a vast ocean of the unknown. Giving my buyers confidence is also key.
Now the question is, who do I register my art with? Who is reliable? And is it actually worth it to pay money to register one's art?
Places I've been looking at so far:
Fine Arts Registry - They offer a free membership where you pay per registered piece. They also have the added protection of a uniquely printed holographic tag to add to your piece that makes it trackable even if the tag is destroyed along with a free usage searchable database of work.
National Fine Arts Registry - They offer a registration service you pay for monthly to receive certificates, title transfers, etc. No special tag provided.
Do any of you have any more places to add to the list? What are your experiences with CoA's? Is it worth it? Do share!