This Is Now the World’s Most Expensive Photograph


Remember back in May of this year, when we told you that at $3.89 million, Cindy Sherman’s 1981 self-portrait Untitled #96 was the most expensive photo in the world (a record that was previously held by Andreas Gursky’s 99 Cent II Diptychon, which went for $3.35 million back in 2006)? Well, sorry Sherman. It’s only been a few months, but you’ve already been trumped by Gursky again! Earlier this week, his photograph of Germany’s Rhine River, Rhein II (1999), which is one in an edition of six, sold for a whopping $4.3 million at Christie’s. While this lovely panoramic shot is featured in the collections of both the MoMA and the Tate Modern, are you at all surprised by how much it went for? Also, is it just us, or does staring at it make you feel incredibly sleepy? [via The Atlantic Wire]