Wednesday, 5 October 2011

10 most expensive photographs in the world

1. Arthur Sasse, o Einstein pulling out his tongue.
Price: 74,324 dollars. 

For the story behind this photo, you can visit the old post titled "Signed photograph of Einstein sold for 74 thousand dollars."

2. Andreas Gursky, "99 Cent II Diptychon".
Price: 3,346,456 USD. 

Strange as it sounds, this photo shows shelves at a grocery store is the most expensive photograph sold to date. So grab your camera and go to the nearest supermarket. You know ...;

3. Edward Steichen, "The Pond-Moonlight".
Value: 2.9 million dollars.
This photograph of 1904 shows a forest and a pond in Mamaroneck, New York. There are only three known copies.

 4. Edward Weston, "Nude".
Price: 1,609,000 USD.
This nude of 1925 was the object of desire in an auction at Sotheby's last April. Winner in this was Peter MacGill gallery Pace-MacGill.

 5. Alfred Stieglitz, "Georgia O'Keeffe (Hands)" and "Georgia O'Keeffe Nude.
Value: 1,472,000 and 1,360,000 dollars, respectively.
The Stieglitz was married to O'Keeffe. But when he took the nude photo, 1919, was married to another woman. This came in the studio was being photographed naked and her suspicions that her husband had another relationship confirmed. Some say that Stieglitz himself arranged this visit his wife in order to facilitate the exit of the marriage.

6. Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy).
Price: 1,248,000 USD.
This photo was particularly controversial because it actually violates copyright. In the portfolio of Prince are several jobs that duplicate existing projects. The photograph Untitled (Cowboy) based on an advertisement of cigarettes Marlboro.

  7. Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, 113. Athenes. 1842. Temple de Jupiter Olympien.
Value for 922,488 dollars.
It is the oldest picture of the temple of Zeus in Athens. Once sold, in 2003, was the most accurate picture that was ever sold.

 8. Gustave Le Gray, The Great Wave Sere.
Value: 838,000 dollars. 

O Le Gray had difficulty obtaining the correct exposure photographs stamped on the sea and sky together. He solved the problem by printing two negatives on one sheet and then an orphan for a sea and the sky.  

9. Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol.
Value: 643,200 dollars.
This is a series of photographs depicting Andy Warhol wearing a black turtleneck, a black background, making the blonde's hair to stand out.


10. Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez.
Value: 609,600 dollars. 

The story says that Adams had a particularly difficult day as none of his efforts to photograph had no success. So he took his car and headed to Santa Fe where, while driving, he saw this download. Immediately stopped the car and before he could change the natural landscape lighting, managed to grab this photo.

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