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Cindy Sherman Breaks Records

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I posted briefly last week about the Christie's auction, but missed this detail.

Pop Photo writes

While not the priciest item up for auction that day, Cindy Sherman's "Untitled #96" from 1981 passed all records for photography, and was sold for $3.89 million. According to ArtInfo.com, the buyer was New York dealer Philippe Segalot, and the underbidder was Per Skarstedt, also a New York dealer. Christie's confirmed that this was a record for a photograph at auction, previously held by Andreas Gursky's "99 Cent II Diptychon," which fetched $3.35 million in 2006.

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  1. Amazing. If someone had asked me which photographer would get $4 million for a painting, I wouldn't have guessed Sherman.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 19, 2011 6:38:43 PM


  2. Why don't they just print millions and millions of them?

    The art world deliberately restricts the number of editions they put out to keep the prices high and to secure the value of high art against popular culture.

    It's so stupid!

    Posted by: Paul | May 19, 2011 8:20:40 PM


  3. There was a massive retrospective of her work at the AGO here a few years ago and I went to see it 3 times. I love her stuff. I wish she'd license some cheaper repro's too as I'll never be able to afford a $4million piece of art. Or a $4mill piece of anything actually!

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | May 19, 2011 8:35:39 PM


  4. For that kind of money, I'm gonna need a title.

    Posted by: Christopher | May 20, 2011 3:04:20 PM


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