Rhein II, a photograph of the Rhine River by Andreas Gursky
Although estimated at $2.5 – $3.5 million, the photograph went under Christie’s hammer for $4,338,500. It beat out Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #96, which sold for a whopping $3.89 million at a Christie’s sale this May.
"An Orthodox priest blesses specialists and the Russian Soyuz TMA-22 space ship that will carry new crew to the international space station at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. Start of the new Soyuz mission with U.S. astronaut Dan Burbank, Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, and Anatoly Ivanishin is scheduled on Monday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)"