Monday, November 14, 2011

The world's most expensive photograph

Mark Twain, the American writer, was reputed to have said that a fool and his money are soon parted!

The Rhine river by German artist Andreas Gursky (b. 1955), titled Rhein II, the chromogenic colour print face-mounted to acrylic glass was sold for $4.3m  at Christie's in New York, setting a record for a photograph sold at auction

Lot Description

Rhein II  signed 'Andreas Gursky' (on a paper label affixed to the backing board)
chromogenic color print face-mounted to Plexiglas
image: 73 x 143 in. (185.4 x 363.5 cm.)
overall: 81 x 151a x 2 in. (207 x 385.5 x 6.2 cm.)
Executed in 1999. This work is number one from an edition of six.