Clockwise from top left Banksy (b. 1975), Because Im Worthless, 2004. Screenprint in black and red. Estimate £7,000-10,000. Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972), Stars, 1948. Wood

Prints by the greatest names in art for under £10,000

A Picasso with a low estimate of £8,000? A Matisse for £5,000? Here are 7 prints by some of the greatest names in art, all estimated at £10,000 and under, offered in our Prints & Multiples  auction on 21 March 2019

Prints and multiples are a great starting point for new collectors looking for authentic and original works by famous artists — including the likes of Picasso, Miró, Banksy, Matisse and Hirst — at more accessible price points.

‘Prints made by famous artists are as a general rule far more affordable than their unique paintings because multiple impressions of the same work were produced, and they are therefore more widely available on the market,’ says Charles Scott, Specialist in Prints & Multiples at Christie’s London.

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  • Pablo Picasso
    £8,000-12,000

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Petit déjeuner sur l’herbe, daprès Manet, 1963. Linocut in two shades of brown and black. Block 348 x 269  mm, sheet 625 x 440  mm. This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £16,250

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Petit déjeuner sur l’herbe, d'après Manet, 1963. Linocut in two shades of brown and black. Block 348 x 269 mm, sheet 625 x 440 mm. This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £16,250

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  • Henri Matisse £5,000-7,000

Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Nu renversé près d’une table Louis XV, 1929. Lithograph. Image 560 x 460  mm, sheet 660 x 504  mm. This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £16,250

Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Nu renversé près d’une table Louis XV, 1929. Lithograph. Image 560 x 460 mm, sheet 660 x 504 mm. This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £16,250

Prints can also be a good way to acquaint yourself with styles and artists — without a seven-figure price tag attached to them.

‘The Prints and Multiples sales at Christie’s present a large variety of big-name artists over a wide timeline, allowing collectors to refine their tastes, likes and dislikes more efficiently,’ continues Scott. 


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  • Joan Miró £7,000-10,000

Joan Miró (1893–1983), Els Gossos VI, 1979. Etching with aquatint in colours. Sheet 732 x 1160  mm. This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £8,125

Joan Miró (1893–1983), Els Gossos VI, 1979. Etching with aquatint in colours. Sheet 732 x 1160 mm. This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £8,125

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  • Maurits Cornelis Escher £8,000-12,000

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972), Stars, 1948. Wood engraving on Japan paper, signed in pencil. Image 320 x 260  mm, sheet 398 x 328  mm. This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £13,750

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972), Stars, 1948. Wood engraving on Japan paper, signed in pencil. Image 320 x 260 mm, sheet 398 x 328 mm. This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £13,750

New collectors should take a number of factors into consideration, including edition size, the condition of the work, the type of paper, subject matter and date of execution.

‘Typically works that were published in a lower edition will have a higher starting value because they are rarer and less likely to come to market,’ says Scott.

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It is, however, worth researching how often a work appears on the market. ‘Sometimes even works from large editions appear only rarely, and this does increase desirability,’ the specialist adds.

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  • Damien Hirst £6,000-8,000

Damien Hirst (b. 1965), Aurous lodide, 2009. Screenprint in colours with gold glitter. Image 760 x 560  mm, sheet 978 x 758  mm. This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £7,250

Damien Hirst (b. 1965), Aurous lodide, 2009. Screenprint in colours with gold glitter. Image 760 x 560 mm, sheet 978 x 758 mm. This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £7,250

  • 6
  • Robert Indiana £4,000-6,000

Robert Indiana (1928-2018), The American Dream No. 2, 1982. The complete set of four screenprints in colours. Sheet 680 x 680  mm (each). This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £10,625

Robert Indiana (1928-2018), The American Dream No. 2, 1982. The complete set of four screenprints in colours. Sheet 680 x 680 mm (each). This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £10,625

It’s also important to understand the printing techniques for which different artists became known. ‘As with any artist, there will be periods of their careers that are more popular than others, and this will have an influence on the price of the work’, explains Scott.

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  • Banksy £7,000-10,000

Banksy (b. 1975), Because Im Worthless, 2004. Screenprint in black and red. Image 385 x 180, sheet 500 x 350  mm. This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £17,500

Banksy (b. 1975), Because I'm Worthless, 2004. Screenprint in black and red. Image 385 x 180, sheet 500 x 350 mm. This lot was offered in Prints & Multiples on 21 March 2019 at Christie’s in London and sold for £17,500