After reading this article you might get startled,some people wonder and some criticize,thinking who buys a nude photograph for millions,I'm not surprised, Sex sells..there have always been a battle in the art world,some critics saying photography is not art , the most expensive single photograph ever sold came at a huge price but
still, a very long way from the most expensive painting ever sold. It is
fortunately a growing market..I once heard the desktop image used on Microsoft's Windows XP operating system was
purportedly the second highest amount ever paid for a photograph,
however the value has never been confirmed,but unfortunately it is usually not honored...
Below is a list of top 10 most expensive photographs in the world..
#1 Rhein II - Andreas Gursky (1999) $4.3 million
The most expensive photo ever sold is a grey river beneath an
overcast sky, taken by Andreas Gursky (who has two on this list). It was
shot in 1999 and sold in 2011. Interestingly, Gursky photoshopped a
factory and some people walking dogs out of the image.
#2 Untitled #96 – Cindy Sherman (1981) $3.9 million
This self portrait was the world’s most expensive when it sold for
nearly $4 million in 2011. New York art dealer Philippe Segalot was the
“winner” at this auction, outbidding another art dealer.
#3 Dead Troops Talk – Jeff Wall (1992) $3.7 million
Jeff Wall’s conceptual photo of a battlefield of dead Soviet soldiers
talking to one another is one of the more compelling on this list. The
attention to detail is outstanding, and very gruesome. See parts of the
image up close here.
#4 99 Cent II, Diptychon – Andreas Gursky (2001) $3.3 million
Like Gursky’s first photo on this list, this one was also digitally
altered, to compensate for perspective distortion. 6 copies were made,
and 2 of them sold for over #2 million. It’s probably our favorite in
this top 10 list. Gursky can probably retire now after all his sales…
#5 The Pond/Moonlight – Edward Steichen (1904) $2.9 million
The oldest photograph on the list, sold in 2006, was one of the
earliest color photographs, and only 3 copies exist. It also gets my nod
for being one of the best on this list, and looks more like a painting
than a picture.
#6 Untitled #153 – Cindy Sherman (1985) $2.7 million
Another self-portrait from Sherman making the list, proving that her
conceptual series of portraits was no fluke, and fits the bill for art
collectors. She is one of the most celebrated self-portrait
photographers in the world, challenging the role the representation of
women in society.
#7 Billy the Kid – Unknown (1880) $2.3 million
The only known photograph of famous outlaw Billy the Kid, a black and
white reverse “tintype” image, sold in 2011 to a collector of American
West artifacts. The photograph is the size of a credit card.
#8 Tobolsk Kremlin – Dmitry Medvedev (2009) $1.8 million
This rather straight forward by the current Russian Prime Minister
fetched nearly $2 million in an auction for charity. The structure was
built in the early 18th century. Medvedev is an avid photographer, who
took this shot from a helicopter.
#9 Nude – Edward Weston (1925) $1.6 million
This famous American photographer, who had photographic aspirations
from an early age, initially started shooting nudes of his wife.
Eventually he expanded, shooting dozens more, becoming lovers with many
of them, to his wife’s suspicion.
#10 Hands – Alfred Stieglitz (1918) $1.5 million
This portait is one of many hundreds taken and printed by Stieglitz
of his lover. Initially attracted by her drawings, he invited her to New
York, gave her studio space, and the rest is history. He was a
perfectionist who shot the same scene over and over again, using the
finest printing technologies available.