Today, in this post, we are going to discuss the list of world’s most expensive photographs ever auctioned or sold. For a common person, these are nothing but camera shots that have an image of something. They are like normal photographs for common people. But for those who know what actual photography is, the price reaches millions of dollars. A photo becomes expensive and luxury by considering several aspects, such as the object, history, cultural value and even more. So, it is no surprise why these pictures crossed millions of dollars. Here are the 10 costliest photographs worldwide. It is quite tempting to know how much people could spend for art.
The main reason behind such a huge cost of Kremlin of Tobolsk is that it is captured by Russia’s president himself. The blank-and-white print of the photo was auctioned for $1.7 million in January 2010.
Here comes the Tintype portrait of Billy the Kid. It is auctioned at $2.3 million and sold on June 2011. It was sold at Old West Show from Brian Lebel. He well-known and legendary outlaw Billy the Kid got this portrait made in New Mexico, around 130 years ago. He posed for the American West and it became the most recognized photo in the country. An original tintype is the only one authenticated photo of an outlaw available today.
Captured by Cindy Sherman, Untitled No. 153 is a 1985 photo which is sold on November 2010 for $2.7 million at an auction, Phillips de Pury & Co., New York.
Los Angeles is a photograph made by Andreas Gursky. Her work has achieved the third highest price at auction, $2.9 million. This photo has a vast panorama of lights in Los Angeles. It was sold by the end of economic boom. It was sold at the contemporary evening sale in February at Sotheby’s London.
Made by Edward Steichen, the Pond Moonlight is a pictorial photograph which was made in Mamaroneck, New York in the year 1904. The photograph has a forest around the pond. The major part of the moon appears over the horizon between the trees. It was sold in February 2006 at Sotheby’s New York for up to $2.9 million.
After the Red Army ambush around Moqor, Afghanistan, there is a vision of an artist in winter 1986. The Dead Troops Talk is a staged image which features dismembered and bloodied soldiers from Red Army of Russia. It converses on the part of rocky hill. It is sold at Christie’s for $3,666,500 in May 2012.
99 Cent II Diptychon is the artwork from 2001. It is actually a dual-sided photographer from Andreas Gursky which is made in 1999. The work is often known as “99 Cent 1999”. The second print of this picture was sold for $2.48 million at New York Gallery in November 2006. There was third print of same photograph which was sold at Sotheby’s for $2.25 million in May 2006.
A photograph made by Gilbert & George, For Her Majesty was auctioned for $3.7 million.
The seventh edition of Untitled No. 96 was sold at Christie’s for $2.88 million. This was the photograph by Cindy Sherman in May 2012.
A photograph by Andreas Gursky, Rhein II was sold for $4.3 million. It was the most expensive photograph sold at Christie’s.