The headline from PetaPixel screams: Peter Lik Print Sells for $6.5 Million, Shattering Record for Most Expensive Photo.
Australian landscape photographer Peter Lik has taken the crown for most expensive photo ever sold. “Phantom,” the picture shown above, was sold to a private collector for a staggering $6.5 million. The record was previously held by Andreas Gursky’s “Rhein II”, which sold for $4.3 million in 2011.
“Phantom” was captured at Arizona’s Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon that’s popular among landscape photographers, and shows a beam of light resembling a “ghostlike figure” (hence the name). It’s a black-and-white version of a photograph that has also been printed in colour with the title, “Ghost”.
Lik also announced that the same buyer purchased two other photographs “Illusion” for $2.4 million and “Eternal Moods” $1.1 million (he previously sold “One” for $1 million back in 2011), giving Lik four photos in the list of 20 most expensive photos of all time.
I have a whole book of Peter’s Blue Mountains images, so are they worth tens of millions?