99 Cent, 1999
This photo, titled 99 Cent, was sold in an auction for $3.34 million. It was taken in 1999 by photographer Andreas Gursky in a 99 cents shop in Los Angeles. The photographer took several images of the store and stitched them together to create this photograph, which is considered a work of art.
The remarkable colors and equal lines and patterns are what make this photo – of a seemingly ordinary store – so eye-catching. It was known as the world’s most expensive photograph, until 2011, when a piece titled Untitled #96 was sold for a higher price. The photo of the L.A. store is still one of the most famous photographs in the world.