The 6 Most Expensive Photographs in the World

When it comes to art, many people do not consider photographs as artistic as paintings, sculptures, and other art forms. However, photography is also an art form. There is much more to it than simply pointing and clicking at a scene or object. True art photographs capture the feelings, beauty, and expression of a particular moment in time. These six photographs have captured the hearts of the viewer and are some of the most sought-after photographs in the world.

Rhein II by Angreas Gursky (1999)

This photo of the German Rhein river was taken by the artist in 1999. In order to capture the simplicity of the river, the photographer digitally removed the people and buildings from the river to give viewers a look at how the river would have looked before it was touched by human hands. This photograph is actually the most expensive ever sold. In 2011, a print of the photograph sold for $4.3 million.

Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky

99 Cent II Diptychon by Andreas Gursky (2001)

This photograph is also by artist Angreas Gursky, who is one of the most famous photographers of all time. This particular piece is a shot of grocery store aisles. The shot was digitally altered to reduce the perspective in the shot. There were 6 prints made of this photograph, and all sold for more than 2 million dollars. The most expensive print of this shot sold for $3.34 million.

Edward Steichen

Edward Steichen

The Pond—Moonlight by Edward Steichen (1904)

This photograph depicts a the image of a forest materalized in the still waters of a pond. The moon appears over the horizon in the shot. This photo was one of the first color photographs ever taken before the autochrome was invented. This was created by applying light sensitive gums to the camera. There are only 3 copies of this photo, and each of the copies is unique. This photograph sold in 2006 for $2.9 million.

Billy the Kid by unknown artist (1879)

Billy the Kid was the famous outlaw in the Old West. It is said that he killed over 21 people, but most historians believe the number was probably closer to 9. Billy was known as a ladies man and had a reputation as a lithe and quick fighter. He became both hero and villain in the Old West and was immortalized in this photo. Since this photo was one of the only ever taken of Billy the Kid, its value is high. In 2011, the photo sold for $2.3 million.

Dimitry Medvedev

Dimitry Medvedev

The Tobolsk Kremlin by Dmitry Medvedev (2009)

This photo is an arial shot above the Tobolsk Kremlin. This is the only stone Kremlin in Siberia. Because of the fame of the artist and the rarity of the shot, this photo sold for $1.75 million in 2010.

Georgia O’Keeffe- Hands by Alfred Stieglitz (1919)

This photograph is one of the most famous examples of the melding between art forms in the early 20th century. Alfred Stieglitz was a photographer who gained most of his fame from a series of photographs he took of the famous painter Georgia O’Keeffe. This photo sold for $1.47 million in 2006 at a New York auction.

When it comes to art photography, it is unknown what will capture the spirit of the viewer, but if done right, photographs can become just as valuable as any other art piece.

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