most expensive photographs

18 Most Expensive Photographs.

1. Andreas Gursky, Rhein II (1999), $4,338,500, in November 2011.

2. Cindy Sherman, Untitled #96 (1981), $3,890,500, in May 2011.

3. Andreas Gursky, 99 Cent II Diptychon (2001), $3,346,456, in February 2007. A second print of 99 Cent II Diptychon sold for $2.48 million in November 2006. Third print sold for $2.25 million on May 2006.


4. Edward Steichen, The Pond-Moonlight (1904), $2,928,000, in February 2006

5. Cindy Sherman, Untitled #153 (1985), $2,700,000, in November 2010.

6. Unknown photographer, Billy the Kid (1879–80), tintype portrait, $2,300,000, in June 2011.

7. Dmitry Medvedev, Tobolsk Kremlin (2009), $1,750,000, in January 2010, Saint Petersburg.

8. Edward Weston, Nude (1925), $1,609,000, in April 2008.

9. Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe (Hands) (1919), $1,470,000, in February 2006.

10. Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe Nude (1919), $1,360,000, in February 2006.

11. Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy) (1989), $1,248,000, in November 2005

12. Richard Avedon, Dovima with elephants (1955), $1,151,976, in November 2010

13. Edward Weston, Nautilus (1927), $1,082,500, in April 2010.

14. Peter Lik, One (2010), $1,000,000, in December 2010.

15. Jeff Wall, Untangling (1994), $1 Million AUD, in 2006.

16. Eugène Atget, Joueur d'Orgue, (1898–1899), $686,500, in April 2010.

17. Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol (1987), $643,200, in October 2006.

18. Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (1948), $609,600, in 2006.

Photography is not an art. It is a technology. We have no excuse to ignore this obvious fact in the age of digital cameras, when the most beguiling high-definition images and effects are available to millions. My iPad can take panoramic views that are gorgeous to look at. Does that make me an artist? No, it just makes my tablet one hell of a device.