Q: In 2001 my wife and I bought a Thomas Kinkade painting, “The Garden of Prayer,” and donated it to our church in memory of our parents. Along with the painting, we gave the church a certificate of limitation and authenticity and a warranty registration card that listed the painting as “3073/4850 S/N Paper.” Unfortunately, the church has lost these documents. Can the certificate and warranty be replaced? What is the value of the painting?
A: You have a limited edition print of one of Thomas Kinkade’s most popular paintings. Limited edition prints were made in various sizes on either canvas or paper. Yours is on paper, which is less valuable than a print on canvas. The size of the print and how it’s framed also affect its value. Thomas Kinkade died earlier this year, but his company is still in business and can be contacted via its website, ThomasKinkade.com. Someone there can tell you about replacement documentation for the print. Prices for Kinkade prints have gone down in the last few years.