8 Most Expensive Photographs Ever Sold

8 Most Expensive Photographs Ever Sold

There is no price tag you could attach to a photograph to define its exact value. The worth is in the eyes of the onlooker. It is quite true to say that while a piece of art may seem unimpressive for some, it would be pulchritudinous in the opinion of others. No matter what, there are some photographs that have marked their own place in the history for being sold for a handsome amount. Here is a look at some of the most expensive ones.



Phantom, by Peter Lik

A black-and-white image taken in Arizona’s Antelope Canyon is the world’s most expensive photo sold until now. Auctioned for $6.5 million, Phantom is an image taken in a subterranean cave featuring a human-like form in a cloud of dust.

Phantom, by Peter Lik

Rhein II, by Andreas Gursky

Sold for $4.3 million in a Christie’s auction held in New York in 2011, this photograph features the Rhine River outside Dusseldorf in all its glory. The picture is highly edited and photoshoped and all the traces of nearby buildings and trees are perfectly eliminated from the scene.

Rhein II, by Andreas Gursky

 Untitled #96, by Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman’s self-portrait, Untitled #96, is a picture depicting her as a young teenager gazing mysteriously at the skies. Sold at $3.9 million, it was the most expensive photograph at that time, but now, it stands at the third spot.



Untitled #96, by Cindy Sherman

For Her Majesty, by Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George have a high regard in the eyes of admirers for their unique style of photography. Sold for $3.7 million at Sothesby’s in 2008, For Her Majesty, is their most valued work so far.

For Her Majesty, by Gilbert & George


Dead Troops Talk, by Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall came to the spotlight for his imagined pictures with a core of truth. Sold for $3.7 million Dead Troops Talk is a picture portraying the after effects of a Red Army patrol during the 1986 Soviet-Afghan War.

Dead Troops Talk, by Jeff Wall

99 Cent II Diptych, by Andreas Gursky

Sold to Victor Pinchuk for $3.35 million at Sotheby’s auction in London, 99 Cent II Diptych is the first one of the two-part photograph by Andreas Gursky. The picture depicts a colourful row of discounted product on sale in a 99 cent store in Los Angeles’ Sunset Boulevard.

99 Cent II Diptych, by Andreas Gursky

Chicago Board of Trade III, by Andreas Gursky

Another masterpiece by Andreas Gursky, Chicago Board of Trade III perfectly displays the chaos among of stockbrokers and traders in Chicago stock exchange. Originally captured in 1999, the photograph was sold in 2013 for $3 million.

Chicago Board of Trade III, by Andreas Gursky

The Pond-Moonlight, by Edward Steichen

Auctioned for $2.9 million in 2006, The Pond-Moonlight is a picture taken near the wetlands in Long Island. New York. The photograph displays how an ordinary pond-side can personify itself into a magnificent and serene scene during night-times.

The Pond-Moonlight, by Edward Steichen



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