Rhein II has now become the world’s most expensive photograph, selling at Christie’s for a whopping $4.3 million. The photograph was taken by German visual artist Andreas Gursky in 1999 and shows the River Rhine as it flows horizontally between green fields and under an overcast sky.
Here’s the kicker, the photograph is not completely natural. It was photoshoped to remove dog walkers and a factory in the background.
I’m not knowledgeable enough in photography to describe what make this piece worth million of dollars so here are how more sophisticated eyes describe Rhein II.
The Daily Telegraph
“vibrant, beautiful and memorable – I should say unforgettable – contemporary twist on the romantic landscape”
“a sludgy image of the grey Rhine under grey skies”