The 15 Most Expensive Photographs Of All Time In One Infographic
How do photographs fetch price tags that roll into the millions?
According to Bob Books, vital factors that influence a photograph’s auction price include the story behind the image and its creator, demand as well as supply of photos from a specific era, as well as the observed value created from former works sold at substantial sums.
In this infographic charting the 15 most expensive photographs ever sold, Bob Books introduces you to Billy the Kid, made in the 19th century, that embodies the outlaw’s notorious life of law-breaking and unruliness. Lack of genuine images of this character influenced the image’s eventual auction price totaling US$2.3 million.
This 15th position candidate, however, doesn’t hold a candle to Spiritual America, which was snapped by Richard Prince and holds second position to the most expensive photograph ever sold. Tate Modern had to take down this controversial nude 1981 photo of a young Brooke Shields in 2009, following Scotland Yard’s advice that the portrayal could be breaking obscenity laws.
Coming out tops is none other than Andreas Gursky’s 1999 Rhein II that sold north of US$4.3 million.
Discover all 15 photographs in the infographic below.