“Why do you prefer to have an original piece over a copy?” Mia asked David.
“I get pleasure imagining the artist working on it,” he said. “To think that this exact physical object was formed by his or her hands during the creative process. It’s a unique record of a period of creativity in the life of the artist. It’s almost like owning a piece of that person’s life — like Barb said, it feels like there’s a connection there. I guess that’s not so different from someone wanting to own a famous Mickey Mantle home-run baseball or a page from the flight log used by the Apollo astronauts during the first moon landing.”
“I do have to admit,” I said, cutting in, “that I like the fact that my favorite piece — my painting called Writer’s Block — is the only one in existence. Would that be ego?” Three heads nodded in response. “Well, then, I guess that explains why limited editions are so popular,” I said. “We value more what there is less of. But then we’re getting into economics, and I’m going to need a lot more wine before I try to tackle that subject.”