Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Expensive, No?

What you're looking at is the most expensive photograph in the world.

Yes, it's true. The Metropolitan Museum of Art just sold this photo for $2.9 million, the highest price ever paid at auction for a photograph to date.

The photo, by Edward Steichen, is entitled "The Pond–Moonlight." It was shot in 1904. It was expected to sell for $1 million.

Not bad for a photo that technically sucks. But, it is a rare Steichen after all. The museum already had a print of "The Pond" in its collection and acquired a second one when it bought the Gilman Paper Co. collection in 2005. The photograph is considered rare because it is one of the first known photos to use the autochrome color process.

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