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Most Expensive Photographs – Most Expensive Thing


The first permanent photograph was a contact-exposed copy of an engraving. Amazingly, it was made in 1822. The types of photos, cameras and images have developed (pun intended) and changed dramatically over the last 2 centuries. Once a luxury that few people could afford, a good quality camera is now in almost every pocket in the world, inside a person’s phone. Most people’s images are now digital and are stored in their camera, their laptop or in a Fotolibro online.

The Most Expensive Photographs ever sold

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 11, 2011 Christie’s New York[3]
4 Cindy Sherman Untitled #93 (1981) $3,861,000 May 14, 2014 Sotheby’s New York[4]
5 Justin Aversano Twin Flames #49 NFT (2021) $3,781,159 November 23, 2021 Party Bid[5]
6 Gilbert & George To Her Majesty (1973) $3,765,276 June 30, 2008 Christie’s London[6]
7 Richard Prince Untitled (Cowboy) (1998) $3,749,000 May 12, 2014 Christie’s New York[7]
8 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[8]
9 Richard Prince Untitled (Cowboy) (2000) $3,525,000 May 10, 2016 Christie’s New York[9]
10 Richard Prince Untitled (Cowboy) (2001-2002) $3,401,000 November 14, 2007 Sotheby’s New York[10]

Most Expensive Photography Book

The development of restricted version photography books has given a worthwhile exchange to workmanship book distributers, even in a downturn. As glossily bundled gatherer’s things, foot stool books can get up to six-figure aggregates. However, would they say they are craftsmanships by their own doing? We investigate the absolute most costly photobooks ever.

Book distributer Benedikt Taschen, left, and photographic artist Helmut Newton present with a duplicate of Sumo, a book of Newton’s photos. The main duplicate, signed by more than 80 of the superstars highlighted in it, sold for $430,000 in 2000, and broke all past records to turn into the most costly book created in the twentieth 100 years.

Repackaged to recognize the moon arrival on 20 July 1969, and presently at a bargain for £650, Norman Mailer’s book Moonfire unites the writer’s message with photography from NASA, Life magazine files. In this image, Neil Armstong photos his shadow.

Thin Aarons’ book, A Wonderful Time (1974), gathered together his pictures of spectacular big names and their gatherings. It has had proceeding with business achievement, with first releases getting up to £650. In this image, writer Truman Capote presents with a book and cigarette in his New York condo.

Ali versus Liston (1965), by Neil Leifer is taken from GOAT (Greatest of All Time), an authority’s release book about the fighter Muhammad Ali. The book cost £2,500 when initially distributed in 2004. A different Champ’s Edition, endorsed by Ali himself and including a restricted version fine art by Jeff Koons, was evaluated at £12,000.

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