Photography has become much more than the skill to capture moments and freeze them into unforgettable memories, it is more of an art today. And people around the world have learnt to appreciate this art form, which is the reason why some famous photographs have been able to command high prices.
Here is a list of top 10 most expensive photographs ever:
10. Georgia O’Keeffe (Hands)
Georgia O’Keeffe (Hands) is a spell binding photograph clicked by Alfred Stieglitz in 1919. It commanded an incredulous price of $ 1,470,000 at the Sotheby’s auction held in New York in 2006.
The next name on the list of top 10 most expensive photographs in the world is that of a 1925 picture called Nude, which was taken by artist Edward Weston. It was sold in a 2008 auction held by Sotheby’s New York for a whopping $ 1,609,000.
8. Tobolsk Kremlin
A photograph called Tobolsk Kremlin taken by Dmitry Medvedev in 2009 is regarded as one of the costliest in the world, fetching as much as $ 1,750,000 for the seller Christmas Yarmarka, St Petersburg in 2010.
7. Billy the Kid tinty pe portrait
Next on this list is a historic picture called Billy the Kid, which was captured by an unknown artist long back in 1879-80. Much later in 2011, the photograph fetched $ 2,300,000 at the Brian Lebel’s Old West Show and Auction.
6. Untitled # 153
Untitled # 153 is an exquisite piece of art by Cindy Sherman, which she created in 1985. Phillips de Pury & Co of New York sold this photograph in 2010 for a price of $ 2,700,000.
5. The Pond-Moonlight
One of the earlier works in the world history of photography is The Pond-Moonlight, which was taken by Edward Steichan in 1904. More than a century later, this brilliant work commanded a price of $ 2,928,000 in the Sotheby’s New York action which was held in 2006.
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4. 99 Cent II Diptychon
99 Cent II Diptychon is a famous photograph taken by Andreas Gursky in 2001. It commanded an astonishing price of $ 3,346,456 at the Sotheby’s London auction organized in 2007.
3. Dead Troops Talk
A vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986. This is amazing artwork by photographer Jeff Wall, which he captured in 1992. It was sold by Christie’s New York in May 2012 and the price paid for it was $ 3,666,500.
2. Untitled # 96
Featuring next on the list of top 10 most expensive photographs ever is the 1981 work called Untitled # 96 by Cindy Sherman. The photograph was sold for a whopping $ 3,890,500 in the May 2011 by Christie’s New York.
1. Rhein II
The famous photograph called “Rhein II”, a masterpiece by Andreas Gursky in 1999, became the most expensive photograph in the history of the world. It fetched an incredible price of $ 4,338,500 in the Christie’s Auction held in New York in November 2011.
All these photographs are actually masterpieces and truly deserve these high prices.