Andreas Gursky’s Rhine II photo sells for a record $4.3m at auction

A photo of the Rhine river under grey skies has sold for a record $4.3m at auction in New York. Andreas Gursky’s Rhine II broke the record previously established in 1981 by Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #96, which fetched $3.8m.

Rhine II might seem to some to be a dull, uneventful image. But Gursky has described it as an allegory that looks at the meaning of life. He carefully removed elements that distracted from the bleakness. The photo is now a series of horizontal lines breaking up the sky, the river and the land.

It’s not known who bought the photo, a huge huge glass-mounted 350cm x 200cm (80in x 140in) print. But Gursky’s work has been steadily increasing in value at auction in recent years, with a number of pieces selling for well over seven figures.

About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.


One thought on “Andreas Gursky’s Rhine II photo sells for a record $4.3m at auction

  1. More wastefulness and greed by the 1%. The Art Auctions needs to be REGULATED. This is not FAIR. Where are the Government Regulators? This Picture needs to be Destroyed! 1000 people can eat for a Year for this money.
    End this waste now!

    Posted by Nancy K. | November 12, 2011, 12:48 am

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