Really? $4.3 Million for That Photo?

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What exactly makes it so great?

Is it worth it?

The "Rhein II" was taken by Andreas Gursky in 1999 and sold november 8, 2011 at Christie's New York.


A photo (or anything) is worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it so, for the new happy $4,3 MILLION photo owner it was worth it but, for you and I, probably not.

Edit: I just want to add this... The "Phantom" is a photo made in 2013 by Australian-born photographer Peter Lik. If true this print was sold to a private collector for $6.5 million which would make "phantom" the most expensive photo ever sold.

However, many in the industry have expressed skepticism over the claimed sale price and that the alleged sale was handled privately, instead through an auction house or gallery and that no documentation had been provided to confirm the sale and the 6,5 million sales price. The most expensive and confirmed photo is the "Rhein II" above as for what i know.
  • Value is a f*cker.

    I was gonna qualify that remark, but that would only diminish the f*ckeritude of value.
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    One dollar, fifty-eleven. Tops!

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    I've thrown away better photos.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      I've thrown away better photos.
      I've dug better photos out of the trash, after you threw them away.

      My Rachel Welsh photo still makes me tingle. This photo does not.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kurt
        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        I've dug better photos out of the trash, after you threw them away.

        My Rachel Welsh photo still makes me tingle. This photo does not.
        Note to Clyde Whitman: It's RAQUEL WELCH.
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        • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
          Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

          Note to Clyde Whitman: It's RAQUEL WELCH.
          Idiot! Her actual birth name is Rachel Welsh. She changed the spelling, to be more distinctive. She was born in Wales, and that's how they spelled it there. When she moved to the US, her agent had her change the spelling.

          Just look it up on Wikipedia.
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            • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
              It doesn't particularly bother me what someone chooses to spend their money on, but if you're going to pay that much for a digital photograph, you'd better be confident the photographer isn't going to print off hundreds more down the line and devalue your "investment".

              And I read that this photo was digitally edited to remove some dog-walkers and a factory building. To my mind, that makes it more of a manipulated image than a pure photograph. Makes me wonder why he didn't just paint it.
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              • Profile picture of the author jimbo13
                Apparently it is massive and took months to set up and do all the digital stuff.

                Having said that, I would have paid a little bit extra to have the photographer killed to limit his originals. Having him drowned in The Rhine would be a nice touch.

                Nothing personal, just ensuring a quicker ROI for myself.

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          • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
            Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

            Idiot! Her actual birth name is Rachel Welsh. She changed the spelling, to be more distinctive. She was born in Wales, and that's how they spelled it there. When she moved to the US, her agent had her change the spelling.

            Just look it up on Wikipedia.
            Close. She was actually born Jo Raquel Tejada.

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            • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
              Originally Posted by Tomas Lodén View Post

              What exactly makes it so great?

              Is it worth it?

              The "Rhein II" was taken by Andreas Gursky in 1999 and sold november 8, 2011 at Christie's New York.

              4.3 for that crap!!!!

              It l saw that on Fiverr l would pass?

              4.3 for a dreary river, in England or Scotland, Princess, F***wits is an understatement!

              Even if it was a tropical beach with scantly clad women l wouldn't pay that, well, maybe $10?

              Months to set up,.......were they waiting for a particulary overcast day, so the light would glisten off the dreary river,.....groan, where is a razerblade?


              Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

              Idiot! Her actual birth name is Rachel Welsh. She changed the spelling, to be more distinctive. She was born in Wales, and that's how they spelled it there. When she moved to the US, her agent had her change the spelling.

              Just look it up on Wikipedia.
              I ain't looking that up, been scarred to much already!

              Originally Posted by jimbo13 View Post

              Apparently it is massive and took months to set up and do all the digital stuff.

              Having said that, I would have paid a little bit extra to have the photographer killed to limit his originals. Having him drowned in The Rhine would be a nice touch.

              Nothing personal, just ensuring a quicker ROI for myself.

              Dan
              Yes, l would put in a UFO, might get $50?

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            • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
              Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

              Close. She was actually born Jo Raquel Tejada.
              I knew either you or Kurt were going to say that. This just proves that NASA has gotten to you. Sure, keep your head in the sand while believing their lies.

              What a lot of people don't know is that Raquel Welsh is the mother of Jennifer Lopez. When Welsh was 21 years old, she had an affair with Ricardo Montalbán. They had their fling on Fantasy island. If you take the names Ricardo Montalbán and Raquel Welsh, you get Jo Raquel Tejada....Jennifer Lopez's real name.

              NASA has been keeping this information off of Wikipedia. But my investigators have dug up the facts...and Ricardo Montalbán.

              NASA can only keep us in the dark about this for so long. The truth will out.

              Da Plane! Da Plane!
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              • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
                Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

                I knew either you or Kurt were going to say that. This just proves that NASA has gotten to you. Sure, keep your head in the sand while believing their lies.

                What a lot of people don't know is that Raquel Welsh is the mother of Jennifer Lopez. When Welsh was 21 years old, she had an affair with Ricardo Montalbán. They had their fling on Fantasy island. If you take the names Ricardo Montalbán and Raquel Welsh, you get Jo Raquel Tejada....Jennifer Lopez's real name.

                NASA has been keeping this information off of Wikipedia. But my investigators have dug up the facts...and Ricardo Montalbán.

                NASA can only keep us in the dark about this for so long. The truth will out.

                Da Plane! Da Plane!
                You ain't the most sane person here Claude, hate to break that to you!

                My told you so, speech is under glass, with a "in case of truth" break glass hammer on the side.

                I will use it at least once this year, twice if NASA backs me up again?

                Maaaaarrrrrgggghhhh!

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                Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

                I knew either you or Kurt were going to say that. This just proves that NASA has gotten to you. Sure, keep your head in the sand while believing their lies.

                What a lot of people don't know is that Raquel Welsh is the mother of Jennifer Lopez. When Welsh was 21 years old, she had an affair with Ricardo Montalbán. They had their fling on Fantasy island. If you take the names Ricardo Montalbán and Raquel Welsh, you get Jo Raquel Tejada....Jennifer Lopez's real name.

                NASA has been keeping this information off of Wikipedia. But my investigators have dug up the facts...and Ricardo Montalbán.

                NASA can only keep us in the dark about this for so long. The truth will out.

                Da Plane! Da Plane!
                Clarence Whitlowe...Now it's Raquel Welsh? Above, you said it was Rachel Welsh. I corrected you that it was Raquel Welch. Keep trying, the law of averages suggest you should be right sometime.
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  • Profile picture of the author RonGold
    How about I use my feces and spell out the word "HATE" on some 450x450 canvas?

    Bet I'd fetch a pretty penny then.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by RonGold View Post

      How about I use my feces and spell out the word "HATE" on some 450x450 canvas?

      Bet I'd fetch a pretty penny then.
      I think your idea stinks.
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      Originally Posted by RonGold View Post

      How about I use my feces and spell out the word "HATE" on some 450x450 canvas?
      Been, done that! The offers were kind of crappy.

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