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 25 highest prices paid for photographs (in US dollars unless otherwise stated). All prices include the Buyer's Premium, which is the auction house fee for handling the work.

List[edit]

Rank Artist Work Price Date Seller/Auction
1 Andreas Gursky Rhein II (1999) $4,338,500 November 8, 2011 Christie's New York[1]
2 Richard Prince Spiritual America (1981) $3,973,000 May 12, 2014 Christie's New York[2]
3 Cindy Sherman Untitled #96 (1981) $3,890,500 May 2011 Christie's New York[3]
4 Gilbert & George To Her Majesty (1973) $3,765,276 June 30, 2008 Christie's London[4]
5 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[5]
6 Andreas Gursky 99 Cent II Diptychon (2001) $3,346,456 February 2007 Sotheby's London auction[6]
7 Andreas Gursky Chicago Board of Trade III (1999-2000) $3,298,755 June 26, 2013 Sotheby’s London[7]
8 Richard Prince Untitled (Cowboy) (2000) $3,077,000 May 14, 2014 Sotheby’s New York[8]
9 Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #48 (1979) $2,965,000 May 13, 2015 Christie’s New York[9]
10 Edward Steichen The Pond—Moonlight (1904) $2,928,000 February 2006 Sotheby's New York auction[10]
11 Andreas Gursky Los Angeles (1998) $2,900,000 February 27, 2008 Sotheby’s London[11]
12 Cindy Sherman Untitled #96 (1981) $2,882,500 May 8, 2012 Christie’s New York[12]
13 Cindy Sherman Untitled #153 (1985) $2,770,500 November 8, 2010 Phillips de Pury & Co. New York[13]
14 Andreas Gursky Chicago Board of Trade (1997) $2,507,755 June 23, 2013 Sotheby’s London[14]
15 Andreas Gursky Paris, Montparnasse (1993) $2,416,475 October 17, 2013 Sotheby’s London[15]
16 unknown Billy the Kid (1879–80) tintype portrait $2,300,000 June 2011 Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction[16]
17 Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #48 (1979) $2,225,000 November 11, 2014 Sotheby's New York[17]
18 Cindy Sherman Untitled #92 (1981) $2,045,000 November 12, 2013 Christie's New York[18]
19 Andreas Gursky Rhein (1996) $1,925,000 May 15, 2016 Phillip's New York[19]
20 Thomas Struth Pantheon, Rome (1990-1992) $1,810,000 May 15, 2016 Sotheby's New York[20]
21 Gilbert & George Red Morning (Hate) (1977) $1,805,000 November 12, 2013 Christie's London[21]
22 Dmitry Medvedev Tobolsk Kremlin (2009) $1,750,000 January 2010 Christmas Yarmarka, Saint Petersburg[22][23][24]
23 Andreas Gursky Shanghai (2000) $1,632,230 July 1, 2015 Sotheby's London[25]
24 Edward Weston Nude (1925) $1,609,000 April 2008 Sotheby's New York auction[26]
25 Cindy Sherman Untitled #48 (1979) $1,565,000 April 1, 2008 Christie's New York[27]

Disputed claims[edit]

  1. In December 2014, Peter Lik reportedly sold a photograph titled Phantom to an anonymous bidder for $6.5 million, making it potentially the highest price paid for a photograph.[28][29][30] Lik's claim has been greeted with much scepticism. Claims of the sale have never been proven, and the buyer has not come forward,[31] though a lawyer representing the buyer claims that the deal was real.[32]
  2. In 2015 Kevin Abosch reportedly sold a photograph called Potato #345 (2010) to an anonymous bidder for $1 million.[33] Claims of the sale have never been proven, with all news sources referencing the claim without further investigation.[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Most Expensive Photo in the World. theatlanticwire.com (2011-11-09). Retrieved on 2011-11-10.
  2. ^ "Christie's New York: Richard Prince, Spiritual America". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Christie's London: Gilbert & George, To Her Majesty". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ [1]. theglobeandmail.com (2012-05-08). Retrieved on 2012-05-09.
  5. ^ The First $3M Photograph. Web.archive.org (2007-03-18). Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  6. ^ "Sotheby's London: Andreas Gursky, Chicago Board of Trade III". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Sotheby's New York: Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy)". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Christie's New York: Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #48". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ Photograph sale breaks world record. Web.archive.org (2009-02-26). Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  10. ^ "Sotheby's London: Andreas Gursky, Los Angeles". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Christie's New York: Cindy Sherman, Untitled #96". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Phillips: Cindy Sherman, Untitled #153". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Sotheby's London: Andreas Gursky, Chicago Board of Trade". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Sotheby's London: Andreas Gursky, PAris, Montparnasse". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ Pescovitz, David. "Billy The Kid photo sells for $2.3 million". Boing Boing (Happy Mutants LLC). Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  16. ^ "Sotheby's New York: Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #48". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Christie's New York: Cindy Sherman, Untitled #92". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Phillip's New York: Andreas Gursky, Paris, Montparnasse". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Sotheby's London: Thomas Struth, Pantheon, Rome". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Christie's London: Gilbert & George, Red Morning (Hate)". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  21. ^ Топ-10 самых дорогих фотографий мира. Kommersant.ru (2010-01-18). Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  22. ^ Снимок Медведева стал четвертым в списке самых дорогих фотографий мира. Lenta.ru. Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  23. ^ Titova, Irina. (2010-01-16) Medvedev’s photo gets $1.7M at charity auction. The Daily Caller. Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  24. ^ "Sotheby's London: Andreas Gursky, Shanghai". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ "Christie's New York: Cindy Sherman, Untitled #48". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Peter Lik: Who is the record-breaking photographer behind the $7.8m Phantom?". ABC News. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  28. ^ "This is Officially the Most Expensive Photo Ever". Time Magazine. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  29. ^ 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. 
  30. ^ Taylor, Andrew (12 December 2014), "Buyer beware: Treat Peter Lik photo sale with scepticism", Canberra Times 
  31. ^ "Why the New York Times took Australian millionaire photographer Peter Lik to task". Financial Review. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  32. ^ Zhang, Michael. "This Photo of a Potato Sold for Over $1,000,000". PetaPixel. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  33. ^ Newenham, Pamela. "Irish photographer says he sold picture of potato for €1m". irishtimes.com. The Irish Times. 

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