The 10 Most Expensive Photographs in the World

Sometimes photographers amaze us with their ability to uniquely reflect the world around us and get a look at it from a different angle. Other times, they depict images so disgusting or banal that it's impossible to understand why so many consider their photographs masterpieces. The art market is inscrutable, especially when it comes to photography. The following ten photos, ranked by worth, sold for millions of dollars at auctions over the past few years.

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10) Billy the Kid, photographer unknown (1880). Sold for $2.3 million.

The 10 Most Expensive Photographs in the World


9) Untitled #153, by Cindy Sherman (1985). Sold for $2.7 million.

The 10 Most Expensive Photographs in the World


8) The Pond/Moonlight, by Edward Steichen (1904). Sold for $2.9 million.

The 10 Most Expensive Photographs in the World


7) Los Angeles, by Andreas Gursky (1998). Sold for $2.9 million.

The 10 Most Expensive Photographs in the World


6) 99 Cent II, Diptychon, by Andreas Gursky (2001). Sold for $3.3 million.

The 10 Most Expensive Photographs in the World


5) Untitled (Cowboy), by Richard Prince (2001-02). Sold for $3.4 million.

The 10 Most Expensive Photographs in the World


4) Dead Troops Talk, by Jeff Wall (1992). Sold for $3.7 million.

The 10 Most Expensive Photographs in the World


3) For Her Majesty, by Gilbert & George (1973). Sold for $3.7 million.

The 10 Most Expensive Photographs in the World


2) Untitled #96, by Cindy Sherman (1981). Sold for $3.9 million.

The 10 Most Expensive Photographs in the World


1) Rhein II, by Andreas Gursky (1999). Sold for $4.3 million.

The 10 Most Expensive Photographs in the World


This post originally appeared on FREEYORK.