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Saturday, May 14, 2011

The world's most expensive photo sells for $3,890,500

All I can say about this is "wow".  A self-portait by American photographer Cindy Sherman, has sold for an amazing $3,890,500.

Cindy Sherman/Courtesy of Christie's
Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 1981

From NPR: "The 1981 self-portrait taken by celebrated photographer Cindy Sherman was sold at a Christie's auction Wednesday. The sale surpassed Christie's estimates of $1.5-2 million ringing in at a final price of $3,890,500. That's not only a record for the photographer, but also the "highest price ever realized for a photograph," says Daniel Kunitz, editor in chief of Modern Painters."
The previous record was set in 2007 when Andreas Gursky's, 99 Cent II Diptychon fetched $3,346,456. Here's a list of the top five most expensive photos according to Wikipedia :
1. Cindy Sherman, Untitled #96 (1981), $3,890,500, May 2011, Christie's New York 
2. Andreas Gursky, 99 Cent II Diptychon (2001), $3,346,456, February 2007, Sotheby's London auction. 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 
3. Edward Steichen, The Pond-Moonlight (1904), $2,928,000, February 2006, Sotheby's New York auction 
4. Dmitry Medvedev, Kremlin of Tobolsk (2009), $1,750,000, January 2010, Christmas Yarmarka, Saint Petersburg 
5.Edward Weston, Nude (1925), $1,609,000, April 2008, Sotheby's New York auction
You can read a complete list of the most expensive photographs here.


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