2) Cindy Sherman – Untitled #96 (1981), $3.9 million
Sherman’s series of stylised self-portraits, the Centerfolds/Horizontals, are hugely popular amongst collectors. They draw on the imagery of magazine and pornography center spreads, and portray women – all played by Sherman herself – in various roles. Her Untitled #153 sold for $2,700,000 at Philips de Pury & Co in November 2010, and her Untitled #96 for £3,890,500 in May 2011 at Christie’s.
1) Andreas Gursky – Rhein II (1999), $4.3 million
It may appear to be merely a dreary image of the sludgy Rhine river on a grey day, yet this chromogenic colour print by Gursky is the most expensive contemporary photograph ever sold, achieving $4,338,500 at Christie’s in November 2011. It is considered a contemporary twist on a typical landscape image.
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