What is a Hors de Commerce (H/C) or Hors de Commerce Edition (H/E)?
Hors de Commerce (Not for trade) are the prints pulled from the regular edition but marked by the artist for business use only. These prints are outside the edition but are the same as the edition and are used as gifts or payments to those involved in the production of the edition. Also the artist will use these prints for entering shows, exhibits, or giving away as samples. Some collectors prefer to acquire and collect these prints. For that reason, these prints generally find their way to the market place through regular channels and are sold. They are marked “H/C” or “H/E” and are usually numbered but not always. Print marking example: H/C or H/E 1/10.