Cindy Sherman Photograph Sells for $3.8 Million, Setting New Record

Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled #96″ from 1981 has become the world’s most valuable photograph after selling for a staggering $3.89 million at a Christie’s auction yesterday (it was estimated to be worth up to $2 million). The winning bidder was Philippe Segalot, a private advisor to some of the world’s wealthiest art collectors. The photo takes the top spot away from “99 Cent II Diptychon” by Andreas Gursky, which enjoyed five years as the world’s most valuable photo after selling for $3.35 million back in 2006.

(via ARTINFO via Popular Photography)

Image credit: Photograph by Cindy Sherman

  • markseibold

    My exact feelings Tyler, yet don’t tell that to Cindy Sherman fans, as you might insult them. I wonder how many of them here commenting have even made any art in their own lives, rather than just follow Cindy Sherman. How about art that has won awards and published in NASA websites? Instructed in Universities and lectured to many students? Designed and built their own homes for their families and maintained them in the neighborhood for decades, influencing others to follow?, etc. etc. etc. But only just to take a garden variety snapshot photo of oneself and claim it to be the god of money recognition, now that’s really something!

  • markseibold

    Because public opinion is the most powerful art criticism in the world.

  • markseibold

    Can you elaborate and explain why you would claim that her work is “amazing”? Speak a little more please, for those of us that may not know this.