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LIMITED EDITION CELS: Is similar in that it is a reproduction of a stated number from an original piece of artwork, but differs in that the cel layer of the edition is hand-painted on each individual piece. Hand-painted limited editions recreate classic moments from great cartoons, using the same materials and techniques as were used in making the originals. There has been a strong market for limited edition cels because they enable collectors to own a favorite scene that either no longer exists as an original production cel set-up, or if it does exist could cost a fortune. Some limited editions are exact reproductions of the film frames, while others are interpretations of classic scenes, or are newly created images using classic characters. 

PRODUCTION CEL: Each production cel is one-of-a-kind and was used in the creation of an animated film or television show. Each is hand-painted and has been photographed over a background painting to create a frame of the finished production. Because one background is used under a sequence of cels, the production art is usually sold with a reproduction of the original background. A production cel with an original background is very rare and has a much higher value. The move to computerized animation has severely curtailed the supply of artwork on the market.

CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY: A certificate issued by the publisher stating the total quantity of prints created in an edition, with the print published date, the medium in which the edition is printed, the name of the artist, and a statement about the work. Certificates also validate the authenticity of the artist’s signature on the print. Some certificates are hand-numbered with the piece number of the edition and hand-signed by the publisher.