About Artist: Had I a disposable £2.7 million to spend on chromogenic dye and paper, and the necessary balls to do so (I would like to think I do, but until you’re in a crowded room waving an auction paddle…) then yesterday Andreas Gursky’s Rhine II would have had my money. The three metre-wide print took the top spot on the most expensive photograph list when it sold for $4.3m at Christie’s New York. And that not six months after the last photography record was set; Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #97 was sold, also by Christie’s New York, in May for £2.4m. There’s good reason to believe that photography prices will continue to rise, with more people willing to invest large sums in it. In September, the National Gallery announced their first ever major blockbuster exhibition of photography next year, cementing the art form as a medium of major historic and cultural significance that now even the naysayers can’t deny. That said, it could be a long time before a photograph comes along that will top Gursky’s print. This image is a vibrant, beautiful and memorable – I should say unforgettable - contemporary twist on Germany’s famed genre and favourite theme: the romantic landscape, and man’s relationship with nature.
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