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I spoke recently with an art appraiser over the phone who asked me about three times if the artist of my lithograph had signed his signature in pencil? I answered him three times. The litho is over 40 years old, I would think a pencil signature would have faded by now. There is a signature but it's in paint not pencil. Or, did he mean something else that artists did years ago with lithographs? I found the appraiser not helpful, but I appreciated his candor. I probably should take it in to personally show an appraiser or e-mail a photo of it with the details. Trying to describe what I have over the phone wasn't easy. He took down my litho details and rang me back with discouraging news. He said if my litho had had a white border around it and a signature in pencil, it would have been worth something. The only problem I have with that is afterwards I was curious as to where he obtained his information on lithographs and I went online to do a search. I found a lithograph site where there were several lithos without white borders and signatures not signed in pencil which are well worth a thousand or more dollars. I am confused. I know value is added by who the artist was as well. Any feedback here you can provide on why a pencil signature is more valuable than an ink signature???
I believer what the appraiser was really asking you, was the signature signed in pencil (after the print was printed) or was it printed along with the print (during the printing process). You can see how this would make a difference in value.