The 10 Most Expensive Photographs Ever Sold

Well we know photography is a good business as well as hobby but it’s one of those hobbies which might end up making you rich and it’s not only in these modern times even in the olden days pictures were meant to be special and known to scrape the riches in the future, That’s why people always keep pictures safe not only for sentimental reasons but also for the reason that they might end up making some money out of them or something they can proudly display on their 200 year old fire place.

Let’s get back to the topic, Now as you can see here there are pictures which sold for millions and for me there is no apparent reason why someone bought these pictures in such steep prices, Come on, You can buy an island with that much money! Now there is no sentimental value attached to these pictures but they have been bought only for the reason that in the next 100 years these pictures will worth double the amount that they have been bought for today. Just look at the pictures below and get mesmerized and do tell me which one you think is the most over paid picture from this lot.


10th Most Expensive Photograph

Edward Weston: (1925)

Edward Weston: (1925) – $1,609,000

Sold at Sotheby’s New York in 2008. This photo was part of a series titled ‘Unclothed Studies’ and pictures Tina Modotti, his lover and collaborator. (What and no one even want’s to see me for free!)


9th Most Expensive Photograph

Dimitry Medvedev: “Tobolsk Kremlin” (2009)

Dimitry Medvedev: “Tobolsk Kremlin” (2009) – $1,750,000

Sold in 2010 at a private fund raising auction, this picture taken from the air shows the white stone walls and towers of the Kremlin in Tobolsk, Russia.


8th Most Expensive Photograph

 “Billy the Kid” (1879-80)

Unknown: “Billy the Kid” (1879-80) – $2,300,000

Sold in 2011, this photo is the only genuine image of Billy the kid. (ok now I have seen it too but i won’t pay millions of dollars for it)


7th Most Expensive Photograph

Cindy Sherman: “Untitled #153” (1985)

Cindy Sherman: “Untitled #153” (1985) – $2,700,000

This print is from an edition of 6. Sold in 2010.


6th Most Expensive Photograph

Edward Steichen: “The Pond – Moonlight”

Edward Steichen: “The Pond – Moonlight”, (1904) – $2,928,000

This photograph is a beautiful example of the Pictorialist style of the late 1800s and early 20th. (old picture yeah that I understand)


5th Most Expensive Photograph

Andreas Gursky: “Chicago Board of Trade III”

Andreas Gursky: “Chicago Board of Trade III” (1999) – $3,298,755

This is an amazing image which captures a booming high-tech industry and international markets. Sold in 2013.


4th Most Expensive Photograph

Andreas Gursky: “99 Cent II Diptychon” (2001)

Andreas Gursky: “99 Cent II Diptychon” (2001) – $3,346,456

This was one of the first high-price photo purchases and stirred up a bit of controversy at the time of sale in 2007. (Ok this is actually a joke right! 3 MILLION for this!? I am in the wrong profession)


3rd Most Expensive Photograph

Jeff Wall: “Dead Troops Talk”

Jeff Wall: “Dead Troops Talk” (1992) – $3,666,500

This picture titled ‘Dead Troops’ is a montage from 1992. Its a vision of an ambush aftermath in Afghanistan, winter of 1986. (Ok I won’t say anything to this or you will crucify me with words!)


2nd Most Expensive Photograph (Very Famous Girl!?)

Cindy Sherman: “Untitled #96? (1981)

Cindy Sherman: “Untitled #96? (1981) – $3,890,500

Sold in 2011, Sherman prefers to leave her work without a title, leaving it open to interpretation (What work!? i have hundreds of pictures exactly like it! It’s me who like to do things without a title! $10 each? anyone?).


The Most Expensive Photograph (Seriously Why!)

Andreas Gursky: “Rhein II” (1999)

Andreas Gursky: “Rhein II” (1999) – $4,338,500

Sold in New York, 2011, the most expensive photograph ever sold is actually heavily edited and Photoshoped. Gursky says he removed many of the elements such as buildings and trees that were damaging to the composition.

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