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How to make a certificate of authenticity

Aug 22, 2019

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Making an Artist Certificate Of Authenticity to prove the originality of a work of art is not mandatory for its sale, but it is a formality in the collecting industry with benefits for both who sells the work and who buys it.

Authenticity Certificate Formats

There is no single format for issuing a Certificate Of Authenticity Art or an international standard, so the artist who wants to attach a certificate of authenticity to their works of art must choose their format.




In art, the most common formats are three and you can choose to use one of them or combine several:

  • Document: A letter, card or printed brochure independent of the artistic object. Being larger than the rest of the options allows more information to be included.
  • Sticker: It adheres to the back or not visible base of the work of art. It has the advantage of being included in the artwork, so the risk of losing the certificate in the future is less.
  • Seal: It can be used both to mark the work of art and to authenticate the attached documentation.
  • The Artwork Certificate Of Authenticity information can be presented as a:
  • Text block: For example a printed document, with one or several paragraphs, ready to be signed. The text may be complete or contain a few spaces to add information.
  • Standard form: More concise than the block of text, with a greater number of blanks to complete (usually manually) with the specific data of the work of art.

As for what data it is recommended to include, it depends on the type of work of art (if it is a unique original work as a painting, a multiple original works, a print or a reproduction -photography or gliche) and the preferences of the artist or entity that extends the certificate.

The following sections list different elements that are traditionally included in the Certificate of Authenticity for Artwork to serve as a reference when creating your version. Without essential basic elements, the Artwork Authenticity Certificate may be too vague and lose legitimacy.

Certificate of authenticity of a unique work of art

Description of the Art Authentication work with specific details

  • Indicate whether it is an original work or a multiple.
  • Exact title.
  • Materials or process.
  • Description signature: If the work contains a signature, whose it is and where it appears.
  • Registration number: If there is a database in which a number has been assigned to each work.
  • Date and place of creation.
  • Image of the work.

Information about the author of the work

  • Full name of the artist.
  • Full name of other people or companies that have participated in its creation.
  • To validate the document.
  • Full name of the person or entity issuing the certificate.
  • Your signature by hand.
  • His qualifications.
  • Your contact information.
  • Date delivery or completion of the certificate.