Most Expensive Photographer’s and the person who shot Billy the Kid remains unknown. .

Wikipedia’s List of (Top 17) most expensive photographs

This is a list of the highest prices paid for photographs (in US dollars

unless otherwise stated).

  1. Cindy Sherman, Untitled #96 (1981), $3,890,500, May 2011, Christie’s New York.[1]
  2. Andreas Gursky, 99 Cent II Diptychon (2001), $3,346,456, February 2007, Sotheby‘s London auction.[2] A second print of 99 Cent II Diptychon sold for $2.48 million in November 2006 at a New York gallery, and a third print sold for $2.25 million at Sotheby’s in May 2006. [2]
  3. Edward Steichen, The Pond-Moonlight (1904), $2,928,000, February 2006, Sotheby’s New York auction.[3]
  4. Unknown photographer, Billy the Kid (1879–80), tintype portrait, $2,300,000, June 2011, Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction.[4]
  5. Dmitry Medvedev, Kremlin of Tobolsk (2009), $1,750,000, January 2010, Christmas Yarmarka, Saint Petersburg.[5][6][7]
  6. Edward Weston, Nude (1925), $1,609,000, April 2008, Sotheby‘s New York auction.[8]
  7. Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe (Hands) (1919), $1,470,000, February 2006, Sotheby’s New York auction.[3]
  8. Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe Nude (1919), $1,360,000, February 2006, Sotheby’s New York auction.[3]
  9. Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy) (1989),[9] $1,248,000, November 2005, Christie’s New York auction.[10]
  10. Richard Avedon, Dovima with elephants (1955), $1,151,976, November 2010, Christie’s Paris auction.[11]
  11. Edward Weston, Nautilus (1927), $1,082,500, April 2010, Sotheby‘s New York auction.[12]
  12. Peter Lik, One (2010), $1,000,000, December 2010, Anonymous Collector [13][14][15][16]
  13. Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, 113.Athènes, T[emple] de J[upiter] olympien pris de l’est (1842)[17] $922,488, 2003, auction.[citation needed]
  14. Gustave Le Gray, The Great Wave, Sete (1857)[18] $838,000, 1999.[citation needed]
  15. Eugène Atget, Joueur d’Orgue, (1898–1899), $686,500, April 2010, Christie’s New York auction.[19]
  16. Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol (1987)[20] $643,200, 2006.[citation needed]
  17. Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (1948)[21] $609,600, Sotheby’s New York auction, 2006.[22]

Steichen’s The Pond-Moonlight

Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey 113.Athènes, T[emple] de J[upiter] olympien pris de l’est (1842)

A black-and-white print of the above photo by Dmitry Medvedev

sold at a charity auction in January 2010 for 51 million rubles.

Le Gray’s The Great Wave, Sète

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