Top 10: Photographs



2015-06-26 10:28:52

10. Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe (Hands) (1919) - $1.47m

Georgia O'Keeffe (Hands) sold at Sotheby’s New York in February 2006 for $1.47m.

The black-and-white work depicts a pair of hands apparently scratching at each other.

9. Edward Weston, Nude (1925) - $1.60m

Nude sold at Sotheby’s, New York in April 2008 for $1.60m.

It was taken in 1925, presumably in San Francisco where Weston was working and living at the time.

8. Dmitry Medvedev, Kremlin of Tobolsk (2009) - $1.75m

Kremlin of Tobolsk was produced in 2009 by Dmitry Medvedev, the current president of the Russian Federation.

The black-and-white work is an aerial view of the Tobolsk Kremlin in Siberia and its environs.

It sold for $1.75m at a charity auction in St Petersburg in January 2010.


7. Unknown photographer, Billy the Kid (1879-80) - $2.30m

The only authenticated photograph of US outlaw Billy the Kid sold for $2.30m at Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction in June 2011, against a pre-sale estimate of $300,000 to $400,000.
The depiction of “The Kid” was taken in New Mexico in 1879 or 1880. He was killed in 1881, at the age of 21, by Sheriff Pat Garrett.

6. Edward Steichen, The Pond – Moonlight (1904) - $2.92m

The Pond – Moonlight sold for $2.92m in February 2006 at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.

US photographer Steichen took the depiction of the wetlands around Mamaroneck, New York in 1904.

Three prints of the photograph are known to exist. The other two are held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (both in New York).

5. Andreas Gursky, 99 Cent II Diptychon (2001) - $3.34m

Andreas Gursky produced the large-scale 99 Cent II Diptychon in 2001. The two-part work (a diptych) depicts two North-American supermarket scenes.

It sold for $3.34m at a Sotheby’s auction in February 2007.

4. Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy) (1989) - $3.40m

The “rephotograph” is one of a number from Prince’s Cowboys series, which were produced between 1980 and 1992.

Cigarette advertisements of the Marlboro Man were the basis of the work.

Untitled (Cowboy) sold for $3.40m at Sotheby’s New York in November 2007.

3. Jeff Wall, Dead Troops Talk (1992) - $3.6m

This controversial image, which depicts killed U.S Army troops rising from the dead to talk on a battle field in Afghanistan, was taken using actors in a studio in 1992. It sold for $3,666,500 at a Christie's sale in New York in May 2012.

2. Cindy Sherman, Untitled #96 (1981) - $3.89m

Sherman’s 1981 work sold for $3.89m at Christie’s New York in May 2011.

It is a colour photograph of the artist, dressed to look like an adolescent, clutching a piece of torn newspaper. It is one of 10 prints of the photograph.

1. Andreas Gursky, Rhein II (1999) - $4.33m

Gursky’s Rhein II sold for $4.33m at Christie’s in November 2011. It is a large depiction of the Rhine river in western Europe.

The predominately grey and green photo comfortably beat its high-end estimate of $3.5m.

It is number one in a limited edition of six prints.

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