This article first appeared in the Royal Photographic Society’s Analogue magazine, November 2017. According to Sotheby’s “Analogue photography is back in vogue” and they should know, 22 of the most expensive photographs sold at auction were sold at Sotheby’s, and all were analogue photographs. The interest in photography as a valuable commodity is rapidly growing…
Several photographs have entered the list this year. Here’s a brief run down:
Christie’s auction results reflect not only on MoMA but on photography as a whole
The results for last week’s Masterpieces of Design & Photography auction at Christie’s London show that 13 of the 15 photography lots available were sold, with all but 3 prints selling for well over £100,000.
Christie’s Masterpieces of Design and Photography auction has 15 photography lots available including work from Thomas Struth, Irving Penn, Andreas Gursky, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ansel Adams, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gilbert & George, Helmut Newton, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Diane Arbus
The Most Expensive Photographs Sold At Auction reach over $4 million with prints from Andreas Gursky, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Edward Steichen, Gilbert & George and Jeff Wall.
The third instalment of The Most Expensive Photographs Sold At Auction series sees prints from Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky and Man Ray, whose Portrait of a Tearful Woman sold and entered the list earlier this year. If you want to see post one click here, and for post two click here.
Continuing last week’s post listing the most expensive photographs sold at auction. The list now details photographs that sold for millions of dollars, all of which were sold on this side of the millennium, with all but one captured through analogue means. Starting from the lower end (NSFW):
As one of the more ‘recent’ art forms, photography’s popularity in the art market has grown and grown, with the highest amount paid for a photograph sticking at $838,000 in 1999 until being bumped off the top spot 4 years later with a sale of $922,488, and then again 2 years later when the first…