New York Times Exposes Peter Lik Photography Scheme by Sarah Cascone

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Feb 242015
 

“Peter Lik may claim to have sold the world’s most expensive photo, with the $6.5 million Phantom (see $6.5 Million Landscape Is World’s Most Expensive Photo), but the artist is artificially inflating his market. (This is not the kind of cheating we had in mind in the story Does Photography Help Artists Cheat?)

The photographer, who deals his own work through the 15 galleries he owns (and also dabbles in real estate–Photographer Peter Lik Lists Maui Home for $19.8 Million, More Than Twice What He Paid), is hardly a household name, but Lik has quietly managed to turn himself into the Thomas Kinkade of photography, selling pretty, pleasing, banal images that are wildly popular with a certain class of inexperienced collectors, but are barely recognized by the art establishment. The artist’s chief financial officer claims that over 100,000 Lik photographs have been sold for more than $440 million, which would make him the most financially successful fine art photographer of all time.

The New York Times, however, has called these figures into question, citing data from the artnet Price Database. At auction, Lik has never sold for more than $15,860—a price that was achieved for Ghost, a color version of Phantom, at a 2008 sale. That is his only sale thus far that has brought in more than $3,000. So where are all these big sales numbers coming from?”

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Peter Lik Print Sells for $6.5 Million, Shattering Record for Most Expensive Photo…?

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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 back 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 color with the title, “Ghost.”

Lik also announced that the same buyer purchased two other photographs for $2.4 million and $1.1 million (“Illusion” and “Eternal Moods,” respectively), giving Lik four photos in the list of 20 most expensive photos of all time (he previously sold a separate photo for $1 million back in 2011).

I this true? What do you think?

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