List of most expensive photographs

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Steichen's The Pond-Moonlight
A black-and-white print of the Tobolsk Kremlin photo by Dmitry Medvedev sold at a charity auction in January 2010 for 51 million rubles.

This is a list of the highest prices paid for photographs (in US dollars unless otherwise stated).

Rank Artist Work Price Date Seller/Auction
1 Peter Lik Phantom $6,500,000 November 2014 Private sale[1][2][3][a]
2 Andreas Gursky Rhein II (1999) $4,338,500 November 8, 2011 Christie's New York[4]
3 Cindy Sherman Untitled #96 (1981) $3,890,500 May 2011 Christie's New York[5][b]
4 Jeff Wall Dead Troops Talk (A vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986) (1992) $3,666,500 May 8, 2012 Christie's New York[7]
5 Andreas Gursky 99 Cent II Diptychon (2001) $3,346,456 February 2007 Sotheby's London auction[8][c]
6 Edward Steichen The Pond-Moonlight (1904) $2,928,000 February 2006 Sotheby's New York auction[9]
7 Cindy Sherman Untitled #153 (1985) $2,700,000 November 2010 Phillips de Pury & Co. New York[5]
8 Peter Lik Illusion $2,400,000 November 2014 Private sale[2][d][a][dubious ]
9 unknown Billy the Kid (1879–80) tintype portrait $2,300,000 June 2011 Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction[10]
10 Dmitry Medvedev Tobolsk Kremlin (2009) $1,750,000 January 2010 Christmas Yarmarka, Saint Petersburg[11][12][13]
11 Edward Weston Nude (1925) $1,609,000 April 2008 Sotheby's New York auction[14]
12 Alfred Stieglitz Georgia O'Keeffe (Hands) (1919) $1,470,000 February 2006 Sotheby's New York auction[9]
13 Alfred Stieglitz Georgia O'Keeffe Nude (1919) $1,360,000 February 2006 Sotheby's New York auction[9]
14 Richard Prince Untitled (Cowboy) (1989)[15] $1,248,000 November 2005 Christie's New York auction[16]
15 Richard Avedon Dovima with elephants (1955) $1,151,976 November 2010 Christie's Paris auction[17]
16 Peter Lik Eternal Moods $1,100,000 November 2014 Private sale[2][d][a][dubious ]
17 Edward Weston Nautilus (1927) $1,082,500 April 2010 Sotheby's New York auction[18]
18 Peter Lik One (2010) $1,000,000[dubious ] December 2010 Private sale[19][20][21][22][a]
19 Jeff Wall Untangling (1994) $780,000
(A$1,000,000)
November 2006 [23]
20 Eugène Atget Joueur d'Orgue (1898–1899) $686,500 April 2010 Christie's New York auction[24]
21 Robert Mapplethorpe Andy Warhol (1987) $643,200 October 17, 2006 Christie's New York auction[25]
22 Ansel Adams Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (1948)[26] $609,600 October 2006 Sotheby's New York auction[27]

Notes:

  1. ^ a b c d This purported sale was a private sale and not verifiable by public auction records.
  2. ^ A seventh print of Untitled #96 sold for $2.88 million at Christie's in May 2012.[6]
  3. ^ A second print of 99 Cent II Diptychon sold for $2.48 million in November 2006 at a New York gallery, and a third print sold for $2.25 million at Sotheby's in May 2006.[8]
  4. ^ a b The sole mention of this within the Washington Post article cited here is a quotation from the seller himself, viz: " 'In 2014, Peter shattered all world records by selling the most expensive photograph in history,' his [sc Peter Lik's] Web site said. '… To accompany this sale, Peter’s images Illusion and Eternal Moods were also acquired for $2.4 million and $1.1 million, respectively.' "

References[edit]

  1. ^ "This Is Officially the Most Expensive Photo Ever". Time Magazine. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "This Peter Lik photograph reportedly just went for a world record $6.5 million". Washington Post. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Sender, Hanna (10 December 2014). "Peter Lik Sells Most Expensive Photo Of All Time; Similar Images Available Online For Free". International Business Times. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  4. ^ The Most Expensive Photo in the World. theatlanticwire.com (2011-11-09). Retrieved on 2011-11-10.
  5. ^ Sale 2557, Lot 10. Cindy Sherman, Untitled #96. Christie's (2012-05-08). Retrieved on 2012-06-14.
  6. ^ [1]. theglobeandmail.com (2012-05-08). Retrieved on 2012-05-09.
  7. ^ a b The First $3M Photograph. Web.archive.org (2007-03-18). Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  8. ^ a b c Photograph sale breaks world record. Web.archive.org (2009-02-26). Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  9. ^ Pescovitz, David. "Billy The Kid photo sells for $2.3 million". Boing Boing (Happy Mutants LLC). Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  10. ^ Топ-10 самых дорогих фотографий мира. Kommersant.ru (2010-01-18). Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  11. ^ Снимок Медведева стал четвертым в списке самых дорогих фотографий мира. Lenta.ru. Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  12. ^ Titova, Irina. (2010-01-16) Medvedev’s photo gets $1.7M at charity auction. The Daily Caller. Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  13. ^ Edward Weston's Nude Sells For $1.6 Million at Sotheby's Setting a New Record For The Artist. Artdaily.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  14. ^ Richard Prince: Untitled (Cowboy): enlarged view | Works of Art | Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metmuseum.org (2011-07-27). Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  15. ^ Lang, Daryl (November 9, 2005). "Prince Print Sets Auction Record For Photography". PDN online. 
  16. ^ RICHARD AVEDON (1923–2004) | Dovima with elephants, Evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955 | Photographs Auction | 1950s, Photographs | Christie's. Christies.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  17. ^ Sotheby's – Overview. Sothebys.com (2010-04-13). Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  18. ^ Art Daily. Art Daily (2011-01-13). Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  19. ^ A million to “One”. PMA Newsline (2011-01-11). Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  20. ^ Australian Landscape Photographer Peter Lik Sells Photo for $1 Million. Peta Pixel (2011-01-13). Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  21. ^ Anonymous Art Collector Purchases Peter Lik's New England River Photo, 'One,' For $1 Million. PR Newswire. 11 January 2011
  22. ^ Gill, Raymond (2006-12-16). "How much to get the picture?". The Age (Melbourne). 
  23. ^ EUGÈNE ATGET (1857–1927) | Joueur d'Orgue, c. 1898–1899 | Photographs Auction | late 19th Century, Photographs | Christie's. Christies.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  24. ^ ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE (1946-1989) | Andy Warhol, 1987 | Photographs Auction | Photographs | Christie's. Christies.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-30.
  25. ^ Ansel Adams, Original Fine Art Photography
  26. ^ Walker, David (October 19, 2006). "Moonrise Print Sets Auction Record for Ansel Adams". PDN online. 

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