10 Jun 2014

10 Photographers Whose Prints Are Worth Big Money

Photography is one of the most democratic forms of art. Anyone can pick up a camera and snap away, especially in today’s age of high-quality cameras included in smartphones.

But just because anyone can click the shutter button doesn’t meant they’ll produce great art. The big-league photographers can command a simply awesome amount of money for their pictures. Here are the top 10 most valuable photographer’s photos in the world.

#1 Rhein II

Rhein II

This photograph of the Rhine river by German photographer Andreas Gursky took home a whopping US$4.3 million dollars at a Christie’s auction in New York. That’s a record for priciest photo sold at auction.

#2 Untitled #96

Photo By American Artist

This photo by American artist Cindy Sherman fetched $3.9 million at auction.

#3 99 Cent II Diptychon

99 Cent II Diptychon

The German photographer Andreas Gursky has not one but two photos among the world’s priciest. This 2001 piece sold for $3.3 million.

#4 The Pond-Moonlight

The Pond-Moonlight

An early 20th-century photograph by Luxembourg-born nature-shooting expert  Edward Steichen was worth $2.9 million.

#5 Billy the Kid

Billy The Kid

Though it’s not known who shot this photo of iconoclastic wild west outlaw Billy the Kid, what is known that it was purchased for $2.3 million at auction.

#6 Kremlin of Tobolsk

Kremlin of Tobolsk

This is a bit of an oddity. Shot by Russian prime ministerDmitry Medvedev, the photo fetched $1.7 million at a charity auction in Russia.

#7 Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe

One artist taking a photograph of another artist. That’s what’s happening in photo master Alfred Stieglitz’s 1919 snap of painter Georgia O’Keeffe, which auction for $1.4 million.

#8 Dovimi with Elephants

Dovimi With Elephants

Richard Avedon took this somewhat bizarre photo back in 1955. It sold, 55 years later, for $1.1 million dollars.

#9 Nautilus


American artist Edward Weston’s 1927 abstract photograph went for $1 million in 2010.

#10 The Great Wave, Sete

Click here to see the world’s most expensive photograghs.

This photo was taken from the early days of photography, in 1857, by Gustave Le Gray. Considered a nature-photography classic, it was picked up for $838,000 in 1999.

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