Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The world's most expensive photography books

"The production of limited-edition photography books has provided a lucrative trade for art book publishers, even in a recession. As glossily packaged collector's items, coffee-table tomes can fetch up to six-figure sums. But are they artworks in their own right? We take a look at some of the most expensive photobooks of all time"

A portrait of British model Jean Shrimpton is one of the 36 halftone prints that make up David Bailey's Box of Pin-Ups (1965), a photobook that now sells for between £3,000 and £6,000
Andreas Gursky's 99 cents (1999), a chromogenic color print, which held the record in 2007 for the highest price paid at auction for a single image when it sold for £1.7m at Sotheby's


  1. Sue Dunham9:40 am

    Nag, that link doesn't work.
    The only way I've found to get there involves a pop-up from The Guardian's home page / Arts / photography. And then by the time I got there it's another god damn click counting slideshow.

  2. It seems to be working now.

  3. As a rule I generally don't like to buy coffee table books that cost more than my coffee table but Norman Mailer's Moonfire on Amazon is 15% off! I'm going to check if I have $ 1,445.00 between the couch cushions...

  4. Pick up one for me while you're at it.