Selling #Work, As #Art. ~@DebraUlrich
This 1981 self-portrait taken by celebrated photographer Cindy Sherman was sold at a Christie’s auction.
The sale surpassed Christie’s estimates of $1.5-2 million ringing in at a final price of $3,890,500. That’s not only a record for the photographer, but also the “highest price ever realized for a photograph,” says Daniel Kunitz, editor in chief of Modern Painters.
The buyer, according to Art Info, was New York dealer Philippe Segalot, a former head of contemporary art for Christie’s, now a private adviser to some of the world’s richest art collectors. So what’s so special about a photo of a girl on a tile floor? And what drives that unimaginable price? David Ross, former director of the Whitney and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, says that mainly, it’s a function of two people wanting the same thing.