Believe it or not, given below is the world’s most expensive photograph. It may be hard for most of us to believe that this mundane looking photograph, taken in a convenience store, was sold for $3,346,456 on 7 February 2007 at the Sotheby’s auction house.
Update: As the time proceeds, all the records break. When I wrote this article, 99 Cent II Diptychon was the world’s most expensive photograph. But since then many other photos have been sold at a greate price. So, I am giving the list of the latest most expensive photographs:
- Rhein II by Andreas Gursky (photograph sold for $4,338,500)
- Untitled #96 by Cindy Sherman (photograph sold for $3,890,500)
- Dead Troops Talk by Jeff Wall (photograph sold for $3,666,500)
- 99 Cent II Diptychon by Andreas Gursky (photograph sold for $3,346,456)
Now let’s continue with the story of 99 Cent II Diptychon. The photographer of this princely photo is Andreas Gursky who took this photo probably in 1999. The name of this photograph is 99 Cent II Diptychon. The “99 Cent” part of the name comes from the price placard visible at the far end of the supermarket. The term “Diptychon” means that this photograph is actually a two part work. In any kind of art, a two part art work is called diptych. Six prints were made of this photograph and they were mounted on acrylic glass. These prints have a size of 207 by 337 centimeters (6.79 × 11.06 ft). The work depicts interior of a supermarket with numerous aisles showing goods resulting in a colorful work. The work is digitally altered to reduce perspective.
As if being on top of the stack was not enough, this photograph also occupies the third and fourth spots in the list of the most expensive photographs list. In New York in May 2006 a print of this photo fetched $2.25 million, and a second print was sold for $2.48 million in November 2006 at a New York gallery.
An unnamed private collector bought the third print of this photo for $3.34 million. The interesting thing is that just after a few weeks when this sale took place; the stock market witnessed a steep downturn. One can only guess what could have happened to the winning bid had the auction was held a few weeks later. At the time of auction, the investment bankers had millions in their pockets after significant gains from stock market in recent months. And they were splurging it on art works.
This photograph has a special place in my on-going series on famous and iconic photographs. I will soon add information on more expensive photographs than 99 cent II, diptychon.
Well, so much for a meager title of “99 Cent”!
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