Thursday, January 5, 2012

Andreas Gursky's Rhine 11, 1999, a world record at $4.3 million

Andreas Gursky now has the world auction record for a photograph, sold for an incredible $4.3 million at Christies New York. This breaks the current record set in May 2011 by Cindy Sherman's self portrait, which sold at Christies for $3,890.000 in the Spring 2011 Contemporary Sales.

Gursky's Rhine II, 1999, is one of an edition of six photographs,  four of which are in major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Tate Modern,  London.

You can go to Christies HERE for the background.

The Gursky price also exceeded Richard Prince's Marlboro Man (Untitled, Cowboy), which sold for $3,401,000 at Sotheby's, New York, November 2007 Contemporary Art Sale. Gursky's previous world record photograph is his 99-cent diptych at $3,346,456, which was set at Sotheby's London in February 2007.   Edward Steichen's Pond, Moonlight,  still holds the record for a non-contemporary photograph which changed hands at $2,928,000.

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