Most expensive photographs

Vivid

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Most of these photos got sold through auction. Peter Lik reportedly sold a photograph titled Phantom to an anonymous bidder. At $6.5 million, it is potentially the highest price paid.
 

vlog2020

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My first impression, @Vivid, was wow! I had to look into this, and it seems that the New York Times and other sources, such as the Artnet website, call the $6.5 million price tag into question. As it was reported to be a private, anonymous sale, it is hard to prove. Lik also owns a string of galleries, so maybe he is trying to inflate the price of the pictures?
 

Pixels

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I also wondered why the buyer would choose to be anonymous? Either way, this shouldn't take away the fact that Peter Lik is an established photographer who's sold $440 million worth of prints in 15 of his galleries that also sell his work.
 

Editor

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That is quite a sum for one photo, and probably the highest bidder chose to remain anonymous for a good reason. It seems most of the most expensive photographs all got sold through auction.
 

Beck

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I also wondered why the buyer would choose to be anonymous?

Reduces the chance of theft I would imagine. Art theft is a thing and the thieves are very high tech about it. Strangers don't need to know who it was.
 

Markshot 12

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Must be one heck of a photograph. I would be asking "What was his equipment?" and not "Who was the buyer?"

No one is going to shell out that kind of money for shoddy workmanship.
 

Pixels

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Reduces the chance of theft I would imagine. Art theft is a thing and the thieves are very high tech about it. Strangers don't need to know who it was.
I remember watching a TV series where a famous painting got stolen from a museum (I can't quite remember the name). There is a sentimental touch around art, and now that you've mentioned it, I see why someone would choose to remain anonymous.
 

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