'Rhine II' Photograph by Andreas Gursky Breaks Auction Record

Rhine II (1999)
Andreas Gursky

'Rhine II' (1999), Andreas Gursky's three and a half meter wide photograph of the grey Rhine under grey skies sold on November 8, 2011 for $4.3m (£2.7m) at Christie's New York, setting a new world record. The previous record was set in May this year by the American artist Cindy Sherman, who is also the subject of all her own works, for the photography Untitled #96 (1981), also at Christie's New York. 

Gursky's chromogenic colour print mounted on acrylic glass far exceeded its pre-sale estimate of $2.5m-$3.5m (£1.6m-£2.2m). Gursky declared 'Rhine II' was his favorite picture and that the desolate landscape is actually "a dramatic and profound reflection on human existence and our relationship to nature on the cusp of the 21st century".

The buyer of the 'Rhine II' is unknown, but if you feel like seeing Gursky's works in person you can check with Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, both displaying works by the famous photographer.