Cindy Sherman's Untitled #96 is the World's Most Expensive Photo

7

Do you have a self-portrait that's worth a fortune? American photographer Cindy Sherman sure does--her simple conceptual self-portrait from 1981!

Untitled #96 by Cindy Sherman via Pop Photo

Many are rolling their eyes and raising their eyebrows at Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled #96” for fetching a whopping price of $3.89 million, overtaking 99 Cent II Diptychon by Andreas Gursky (sold for $3.35 million). Some are even asking, is that a blushing boy or a seductively posed girl? But perhaps the biggest question would be, is it deserving of the recognition as the world’s most expensive photo?

The multi-million dollar print is part of Sherman’s edition of photos from 1981, and features the artist in a seemingly androgynous appearance and a predominant orange color scheme. She is reclining seductively while clutching what appears to be a crumpled newspaper clipping. The photo was sold to Philippe Segalot, a New York dealer.

The photo’s origin is perhaps one of the reasons why “Untitled #96” fetched such a sky-high sum. According to ArtInfo, the sellers acquired the print from the time when Sherman was still establishing a market for her work. Sherman later on became known for her conceptual portraiture, working as her own make-up artist, hair stylist, director, model, and photographer.

Do you think the photo deserves the crazy multi-million price ever raised by a photo? Let us know your thoughts with a comment below!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-05-16 in #lifestyle

7 Comments

  1. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    I was surprised that was the photo. It doesn't look too spectacular, but one man's trash.....

  2. fash_on
    fash_on ·

    I'm happy that some photographers manage to make this kind of money, like most professions, photography has it's own superstars, nothing unusual about that.

  3. sthomas68
    sthomas68 ·

    Personally I just don't see it. I can think of a bunch of ways to take this same photo. Composition is good, color is good, posing is good, but not worthy of 3.89 million dollars. Somebody must owe someone else a lot of favors....

  4. sthomas68
    sthomas68 ·

    Also the patterns on the floor and the shorts are clashing for attention...do I look at the plaid, the face, or the 1970s style vinyl flooring???

  5. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    wow. who ever bought it must be an obsessed fan/collector. art auctions work in ridiculous ways, indeed.

  6. webo29
    webo29 ·

    @gnarlyleech. agreed. photo is rather awful. but it's a Cindy Sherman and that's what counts on the market I guess.

  7. beblo
    beblo ·

    It is (always) the buyer, who will dictate the real price of an art piece. And in this case, a photograph by Miss Cindy Sherman. The words of art critics may be nice to hear or most of the times, not. The press or media will say what their advertisers and sponsors want. The professional photographers have their own groups and rivalry. But the $3.89M worth of money is more authoritative, for me.

More Interesting Articles

  • Michelle Rogers Pritzl’s dark but evocative tintype self-portraits

    written by cheeo on 2014-05-26 in #lifestyle
    Michelle Rogers Pritzl’s dark but evocative tintype self-portraits

    Lighting can affect the mood of any photograph. Take a hint from photographer Michelle Rogers Pritzl and the way she created her tintype self-portraits that go beyond conventional imagery.

  • Awesome Albums: Riptides by marta1901

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-04-30 in #news
    Awesome Albums: Riptides by marta1901

    Today's featured awesome album is a collection of beautiful and refreshing portraits that will surely make you want to head to the enticing flower fields whether to relax or do a photo shoot (or both)!

    7
  • LomoAmigo: Mami Tanabe shoots with the LC-Wide

    written by ciscoswank on 2014-05-16 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Mami Tanabe shoots with the LC-Wide

    Mami is a talented fashion photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. She flies all over the world to visit different fashion shows and shoot runways. Check her amazing photographs taken using the LC-Wide in one of the world's most fashionable cities, a city that never sleeps – Shibuya!

  • Shop News

    Capture your Special Moments in lovely Circles

    Capture your Special Moments in lovely Circles

    See the world through 170⁰ of fabulous Fisheye distortion. Browse them now and find selected editions discounted up to 30%!

  • Photo Fit For An Exhibition

    written by mindofmyra on 2014-08-26 in #competitions
    Photo Fit For An Exhibition

    Have you ever thought that your photos were worthy of having its own exhibit? Well, maybe it is! Take a chance and show us your most creative photographs. From the accidental shot that was taken from your hip or even the posed perfection you ask of your subjects, send us your best photos that define you as a person.

    3
  • Lomography x National Portrait Gallery Rumble

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-11-21 in #competitions
    Lomography x National Portrait Gallery Rumble

    Lomography has teamed up with the National Portrait Gallery to give you the chance to win tickets to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 and an exhibition catalogue. This annual exhibition showcases the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers from around the world, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. On top of this fantastic prize you could win a Diana F+ camera and a cool tote bag from the Photographic Portrait Prize range. Click here to join the competition.

    2
  • Most Popular Photos Uploaded in 2014

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-12-27 in #news
    Most Popular Photos Uploaded in 2014

    Hundreds of thousands of photographs have been shared in the community for the past twelve months and we cannot help but commend those that really stood out and captured everyone's attention. Let's take a look back at this great year through this selection of landscapes and portraits that make up the most popular photos of 2014.

    6
  • Shop News

    Wear lomo-love on your skin

    Wear lomo-love on your skin

    You’ve shouted your analogue love from the rooftops and worn your heart on your sleeve – Now it’s time to take it to the next level and wear it on your skin! Our new Lomography Tattoos are fun, easy to apply and come in five designs.

  • An Overview of Shooting with an 8x10 Camera in the Field

    written by chooolss on 2014-12-09 in #lifestyle
    An Overview of Shooting with an 8x10 Camera in the Field

    Whether you have an 8x10 camera lying around that you're raring to shoot with, or just want to know the process of taking photos with it, this 15-minute clip by photographer Tim Layton is a must watch.

  • Carlos Somonte and his Affair with the Diana

    written by jillytanrad on 2014-05-18 in #lifestyle
    Carlos Somonte and his Affair with the Diana

    Carlos Somonte is an award-winning and prolific photographer whose experience spans over three decades of personal and professional work. Aside from photos that have been used in various advertising campaigns by some of the world’s most recognized advertising firms, he has done work for publications, and even film and theater. Mr. Somonte has worked with the likes of directors Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron, and producer Cameron Mackintosh. He has photographed the stills from their productions and his photos have appeared on numerous publicity posters.

  • Portugal. The Man Petzval Concert Shoot by Matthias Hombauer

    written by zonderbar on 2014-06-27 in #people #lomoamigos
    Portugal. The Man Petzval Concert Shoot by Matthias Hombauer

    The New Petzval Art Lens is the perfect portrait lens. But have you ever wondered how it performs in difficult situations with low light and unpredictable movements, such as a concert? Viennese rockstar photographer Matthias Hombauer proves that such a challenge can be surpassed with exceptional results. In Linz, Austria he met the American rock band Portugal. The Man and shot excellent black and white photos! Check out the gallery below and let Matthias teach you how to work with the lens during concerts.

    1
  • Shop News

    Full Focus on the Framing

    Full Focus on the Framing

    Shooting with the Lubitel 166+ is an experience on it´s own. The waist level finder will help you to compose your frames perfectly.With the possibility to use 120 and 35mm Film It offers unlimited creative possibilities deemed to be an analogue masterpiece. Get your legendary Lubitel 166+ in our Online Shop!

  • Newcomer of the Week: fmonteiro

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-01 in #people #lifestyle
    Newcomer of the Week: fmonteiro

    As a professional photography graduate, Fernando never goes out without carrying at least one camera and treats it as an integral part of his body. Although he uses both digital and analog gears, he still regards using film as a more intimate way of creating images. Let's all welcome our newcomer from Brazil, Fernando Monteiro.

    1
  • Tate Holds First Exhibit in Britain Dedicated to Salted Paper Prints

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-03-01 in #world #news #events
    Tate Holds First Exhibit in Britain Dedicated to Salted Paper Prints

    The show puts the spotlight on rare photographs created through this early photographic technique.

  • Meet the Innovators: Cat Ong

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-02-28 in #people #lifestyle
    Meet the Innovators: Cat Ong

    Coinciding with the relaunch of the Lomography community website is the debut of one of the Magazine's newest series, Meet the Innovators. Here, we'll be talking to some of the game changers in the field of photography to get a closer look on what they do as well as find out their personal insights. For our opening salvo we proudly introduce Cat Ong, Lomography's very own Head of Optic Product Development who counts the research and development of the LC-A family, Russar and Petzval Art Lenses, Diana F+, and Lomo'Instant, among many others, as some of his projects.

    8