Most Expensive Photographs

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

1Andreas GurskyRhein II (1999)$4,338,500November 8, 2011Christie’s New York[1]
2Richard PrinceSpiritual America (1981)$3,973,000May 12, 2014Christie’s New York[2]
3Cindy ShermanUntitled #96 (1981)$3,890,500May 11, 2011Christie’s New York[3]
4Cindy ShermanUntitled #93 (1981)$3,861,000May 14, 2014Sotheby’s New York[4]
5Justin AversanoTwin Flames #49 NFT (2021)$3,781,159November 23, 2021Party Bid[5]
6Gilbert & GeorgeTo Her Majesty (1973)$3,765,276June 30, 2008Christie’s London[6]
7Richard PrinceUntitled (Cowboy) (1998)$3,749,000May 12, 2014Christie’s New York[7]
8Jeff WallDead Troops Talk (A vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986) (1992)$3,666,500May 8, 2012Christie’s New York[8]
9Richard PrinceUntitled (Cowboy) (2000)$3,525,000May 10, 2016Christie’s New York[9]
10Richard PrinceUntitled (Cowboy) (2001-2002)$3,401,000November 14, 2007Sotheby’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.