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Top 15 Highest Prices paid for a Photograph

This is a list of the highest prices paid for photographs (in US dollars unless otherwise stated) from Wikipedia. Pretty amazing to see some of the prices paid for these iconic images. Cindy Sherman’s photo “Untitled #96,″ shot in 1981, just become the world’s most valuable photograph after selling for a staggering $3.89 million at a Christie’s auction yesterday (it was estimated to be worth up to $2 million). Ms. Sherman’s photo moves “99 Cent II Diptychon” by Andreas Gursky to the number 2 spot, which enjoyed five years as the world’s most valuable photo after selling in 2006 for $3.35 million.

1. Cindy Sherman, Untitled #96 (1981), $3,890,500, May 2011, Christie’s New York.

2. Andreas Gursky, 99 Cent II Diptychon (2001), $3,346,456, February 2007, Sotheby’s London auction. A second print of 99 Cent II Diptychon sold for $2.48 million in November 2006 at a New York gallery, and a third print sold for $2.25 million at Sotheby’s in May 2006.

3. Edward Steichen, The Pond-Moonlight (1904), $2,928,000, Purchased in February 2006, Sotheby’s New York auction.

4. Dmitry Medvedev, Kremlin of Tobolsk (2009), $1,750,000, Purchased in January 2010, Christmas Yarmarka, Saint Petersburg.

5. Edward Weston, Nude (1925), $1,609,000, Purchased in April 2008, Sotheby’s New York auction.

6. Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe (Hands) (1919), $1,470,000, Purchased in February 2006, Sotheby’s New York auction.

7. Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe Nude (1919), $1,360,000, Purchased in February 2006, Sotheby’s New York auction.

8. Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy) (1989), $1,248,000, Purchased in November 2005, Christie’s New York auction.

9. Richard Avedon, Dovima with elephants (1955), $1,151,976, Purchased in November 2010, Christie’s Paris auction.

10. Edward Weston, Nautilus (1927), $1,082,500, Purchased in April 2010, Sotheby’s New York auction.

11. Peter Lik, One (2010), $1,000,000, Purchased in December 2010, Anonymous Collector

12. Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, 113.Athènes, T[emple] de J[upiter] olympien pris de l’est (1842) $922,488, 2003, auction.

13. Gustave Le Gray, The Great Wave, Sete (1857) $838,000, Purchased in 1999.

14. Eugène Atget, Joueur d’Orgue, (1898-1899), $686,500, April 2010, Christie’s New York auction.

15. Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol (1987) $643,200, Purchased in 2006.

Not a bad days work if you sold even just one of your photos that made it into the top 15. Get a start selling your work at Cutcaster where you can sell your images for commercial or editorial usage to our picture buyers, who represent all the major industries using stock photos.