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