Infographics 101: 10 Most Expensive Photographs in the World

The most expensive photograph in the world was sold at auction in 2007 and is worth a staggering €3.2 million. Titled “Rhein II” it was taken by Andreas Gursky in 1999.


The image is digitally manipulated removing a factory building and dog walkers to leave the Rhine River flowing horizontally between fields under an overcast sky.

The identity of the German collector who bought this photograph has never been revealed. Andres Gursky is also in at number 6 with “99 Cent II, Diptychon” taken in 2001 worth 2.4 million and at number 7 with “Los-Angeles” taken in 1998 worth €2.1 million.

No 4 is the eerie titled “Dead Troops Talk” taken in 1992 by Canadian artist Jeff Wall worth €2.7 million. This is an image montage of actors whose photographs were taken in the studio. It was then digitally collated to depict a scene of dead Russian soldiers in the 1980’s Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

At number 9 on the list is the “Untitled #153” by Cindy Sherman taken in 1985 worth €1.9 million.

Her philosophy is that this type of image is so over the top its cathartic as it confronts what’s really disturbing but inside you’re laughing because it’s fake. Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled #96” also comes in at number 2. Worth €2.8 million it was taken in 1981.

Below is an insightful infographic in which you can see images of the world’s top 10 most expensive photographs listed.

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