What is an Artist's Proof?

Traditionally, before a print goes into production, the original image is scanned and manipulated in order to achieve the optimal image. During this process, the artist would review these 'proofs', which would involve the correction of colour and quality issues. When an image has been produced to the artist's satisfaction, this final image will then go into production as a print. The first of these prints, typically 10, are known as the artist's proof, as these are the first 10 images which met the artist's level of satisfaction. These will then be printed as an out of size print, signed by the artist, and marked as an 'A/P'. As these are the 'closest thing to an artist's hand, other than an original', and due to their limited-run, these are viewed as being desirable