The Most Expensive Photo in the World Sucks

11.11.11 Marina Galperina

While the NYPD was roughing up art-handlers and pro-union protestors outside, Christie’s sold the world’s most expensive photograph. Ta da: Rhein II (1999) by Andreas Gursky, one of an edition of six, $4,338,500. Not his best work. A boring, pricey autograph, if you will.

It’s the Rhine River. A chromogenic color print face-mounted to acrylic glass that had a pre-sale estimate of $2.5 million to $3.5 million but when the going’s good… cha-ching cha-ching.