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Sep 11, 2022 22:28:07   #
Strodav Loc: Houston, Tx
 
Was watching Photography Online on Youtube (great series BTW) and they posted a trivia question on the most expensive photograph ever sold. I was surprised it is Man Ray's 'Le Violon d'Ingres' taken in 1924. IMHO, it's an interesting image, especially for it's time, but for $12.5M? Here's the article with image:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/man-ray-most-expensive-photograph-auction-record/index.html

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Sep 11, 2022 23:15:21   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
I might pay $12.50 for it. Seriously; it's imaginative but I don't see anything special. Not even close.

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Sep 11, 2022 23:39:44   #
EvKar Loc: Middle of the Good Old USA
 
kpmac wrote:
I might pay $12.50 for it. Seriously; it's imaginative but I don't see anything special. Not even close.


Sorry, but that is $12.50 more than I'd give... but to each his own!

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Sep 12, 2022 00:12:08   #
rgrenaderphoto Loc: Hollywood, CA
 
Art, and its value, is in the eye of the beholder. I’ve spent hours staring at Angel Adam’s Moonrise over Hernandez marveling at its perfection. But others think it’s just a picture of a moon.

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Sep 12, 2022 01:21:21   #
gwilliams6
 
FYI, the article mentions the previous record auction price for a photo at $4.3Million.

But the most expensive image every sold directly, NOT AT AUCTION, is Australian photographer Peter Lik's photograph entitled Phantom for a record-setting $6.5 million. Phantom, now the world's most expensive photograph ever sold, was shot in a subterranean cavern in Arizona's Antelope Canyon.

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Sep 12, 2022 06:32:28   #
anotherview Loc: California
 
Ditto.
kpmac wrote:
I might pay $12.50 for it. Seriously; it's imaginative but I don't see anything special. Not even close.

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Sep 12, 2022 08:13:06   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
I guess someone is thrilled to have something new. I wonder what will catch his eye tomorrow.

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Sep 12, 2022 08:16:04   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
gwilliams6 wrote:
But the most expensive image ever sold directly...


I think you'll find that the "most" of anything is impossible to determine. As soon as someone mentions "the most," someone comes along with an even more "most." Remember how in the old westerns there was always "the fastest gun in the west"? There was always someone faster.

The same applies to "the first" or "the oldest."

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Sep 12, 2022 08:32:32   #
Blaster34 Loc: Florida Treasure Coast
 
Strodav wrote:
Was watching Photography Online on Youtube (great series BTW) and they posted a trivia question on the most expensive photograph ever sold. I was surprised it is Man Ray's 'Le Violon d'Ingres' taken in 1924. IMHO, it's an interesting image, especially for it's time, but for $12.5M? Here's the article with image:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/man-ray-most-expensive-photograph-auction-record/index.html


Interesting and a very nice surrealist but $12.5 Million, I have a couple of Ford GT's, a Ferrari and a home in Palm Beach in mind for that kind of money....

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Sep 12, 2022 09:01:05   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
Peter Lik's sale price has not been verified. https://blog.photoshelter.com/2014/12/the-most-expensive-photo-in-the-world-or-the-best-marketing-stunt/
--Bob
gwilliams6 wrote:
FYI, the article mentions the previous record auction price for a photo at $4.3Million.

But the most expensive image every sold directly, NOT AT AUCTION, is Australian photographer Peter Lik's photograph entitled Phantom for a record-setting $6.5 million. Phantom, now the world's most expensive photograph ever sold, was shot in a subterranean cavern in Arizona's Antelope Canyon.

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Sep 12, 2022 10:27:46   #
JohnSwanda Loc: San Francisco
 
Blaster34 wrote:
Interesting and a very nice surrealist but $12.5 Million, I have a couple of Ford GT's, a Ferrari and a home in Palm Beach in mind for that kind of money....


Whoever bought it probably has those kind of things also, and a lot more money besides.

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Sep 12, 2022 11:10:08   #
rlv567 Loc: Philippines
 
EvKar wrote:
Sorry, but that is $12.50 more than I'd give... but to each his own!


I'm with you!

Loren - in Beautiful Baguio City

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Sep 12, 2022 11:47:17   #
Blaster34 Loc: Florida Treasure Coast
 
JohnSwanda wrote:
Whoever bought it probably has those kind of things also, and a lot more money besides.


We’ll, you can never have too many of those toys…

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Sep 12, 2022 12:58:46   #
redlegfrog
 
Strodav wrote:
Was watching Photography Online on Youtube (great series BTW) and they posted a trivia question on the most expensive photograph ever sold. I was surprised it is Man Ray's 'Le Violon d'Ingres' taken in 1924. IMHO, it's an interesting image, especially for it's time, but for $12.5M? Here's the article with image:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/man-ray-most-expensive-photograph-auction-record/index.html


Maybe his mom did it, you know, to protect his self esteem!

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Sep 12, 2022 14:47:53   #
Enrico Verdi Loc: Sand Brook, NJ
 
It's not what it is, it's who did it.

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