World’s Priciest Picture Is As Bland As It Is Expensive

Andreas Gursky is well-known for his stunning full-colour landscapes, though this one seems to only include green and grey. And yet it just became the world’s most expensive photograph, fetching a whopping $4.3 million.

This is Andreas Gursky’s Rhein II, an 81-inch x 140-inch print of the famous German river. It went on sale at Christie’s on Tuesday, smashing the previous record of $US3.9 million for Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #96 sold in May. Funny enough, Untitled #96 had itself displaced Gursky’s earlier work, 99 Cent II Diptychon which sold for $US3.35 million in 2006. Good to see that at least the high-end photography art market is weathering these economically turbulent times. [BuzzFeed]