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"SKY BLUE SKY" - The Most Expen$ive Photograph EVER Sold

What is value in the PHOTO art world? Especially after recent sales: $6.5m Peter Lik's "Phantom", Keith Abosch's $1.08m "Potato #345".

"SKY BLUE SKY" - The Most Expen$ive Photograph EVER Sold

What is value in the PHOTO art world? Especially after recent sales: $6.5m Peter Lik's "Phantom", Keith Abosch's $1.08m "Potato #345".

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"Sky Blue Sky", Fine Art Photograph, 2016. Copyright Kenneth Wajda, All Rights Reserved
"Sky Blue Sky", Fine Art Photograph, 2016. Copyright Kenneth Wajda, All Rights Reserved

Recently in the news:    

Potato #345 by Keith Abosch - Sold for $1.08 million
(What did #1-344 look like?)  Did this spud only sell for that much because he photographs celebrities for $500,000 sitting fees? Can you imagine invoicing a half-million dollars for a photo shoot?  And wouldn't $1 million be enough for the potato photo?  Did he have to collect that extra $80,000?  Because (makes frowny face) "Sorry, I just couldn't let it go for $1 million."

Phantom by Peter Lik - Sold for $6.5 million
Jonathan Jones of The Guardian described it as such: "The $6.5m canyon: it's the most expensive photograph ever – but it's like a hackneyed poster in a posh hotel." 

And Peter Lik's sale has NOT been substantiated.  That seems like a lot for a black and white photo, if you ask me.  Does that include a mat and a frame, or is that extra?  (I think Hobby Lobby is having a frame sale this week.)

So, I want to REALLY sell the most expensive photograph ever – a verified sale – with a collective buyer (all of you), to claim rights as the most expensive photo ever sold, and to poke fun at the lunacy of these prices for a photograph.  And to do some good work with the funds, which you'll see below.

These recent sales remind me of Marcel Duchamp's Fountain, where he could make anything, including art out of a urinal, and it would sell.

From The Art Story Web site: Fountain (1917) "The most notorious of the readymades, Fountain was submitted to the 1917 Society of Independent Artists under the pseudonym R. Mutt. The initial R stood for Richard, French slang for "moneybags" whereas Mutt referred to JL Mott Ironworks, the New York-based company, which manufactured the porcelain urinal. After the work had been rejected by the Society on the grounds that it was immoral, critics who championed it disputed this claim, arguing that an object was invested with new significance when selected by an artist for display. Testing the limits of what constitutes a work of art, Fountain staked new grounds. What started off as an elaborate prank designed to poke fun at American avant-garde art, proved to be one of most influential artworks of the 20th century."

And also the work of Piero Manzoni.

Can we make news around the world with this photo sale? And maybe get featured in Time magazine and other publications, and the photo will be seen and admired around the world.

It's a happy photo, don't you think?  Definitely a conversation starter!  Maybe put it up on the ceiling, where you wish you had a skylight?

You all will be the collective buyer – of the most expensive photograph ever sold. That should be worth a little something at cocktail parties.

It's titled "SKY BLUE SKY". It was created on January 29, 2016, using a vintage Canon FL 55mm 1.2 lens on a Panasonic GF1 body once owned by famous photographer, Mike Johnston, of The Online Photographer.  There will never be another photo exactly like it and you'll have a "piece of sky".

You will receive the image file to print and frame (as a JPG full-resolution digital download), that you will be able to gaze at on grey and rainy days, and that will help you look forward to the next sunny day.

And once all the JPGs have been delivered as rewards, the original will be offered to the Smithsonian or the Lyons History Museum (one of them should take it.) The backers will have the only other copies of the most expensive photograph ever sold.

Let's have some fun and make this project soar.      

If I can get $1 from a whole lot of people, we can make this 'sale', and history!

So, if you can, toss a buck in.  Come on, you'll be able to say you bought the most expensive photo ever sold!

Toss in a buck!
Toss in a buck!

Thank you! 

See my full bio for what I will do with the funds, including turning a local Colorado project, THE WISE PHOTO PROJECT, into a global project – I photograph the elderly and print them large so that they can live on in our homes after they've passed away.  I'll be able to offer sessions and photographs to people without needing a fee, if they are unable to pay.

The Wise Photo Project
The Wise Photo Project

I've been a professional photographer since 1987, and some of my work can be seen at my site, KennethWajda.com.

Risks and challenges

We could end up with $6 instead of $6 million. And that would be tragic.

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    A Digital Download (JPG) of the Full-Resolution Masterpiece "SKY BLUE SKY", which you can use to print your own photo, and frame it big! Yeah!

    It will be especially welcome on grey days, or those with a little rain, as a reminder that blue skies will return.

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    A Digital Download (JPG) of the Full-Resolution Masterpiece "SKY BLUE SKY", which you can use to print your own photo, and frame it big! Plus bragging rights x10. Yeehaw!

    It will be especially welcome on grey days, or those with a little rain, as a reminder that blue skies will return.

    And when other people at the party say they bought the most expensive photo in history, you can say it ten times.

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    A Digital Download (JPG) of the Full-Resolution Masterpiece "SKY BLUE SKY", which you can use to print your own photo, and frame it big! Plus bragging rights x100. HooBoy!

    It will be especially welcome on grey days, or those with a little rain, as a reminder that blue skies will return.

    And when other people at the party say they bought the most expensive photo in history, you can say it hundred times, though it might take awhile, and people may excuse themselves for a refill of their drink.

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    A Digital Download (JPG) of the Full-Resolution Masterpiece "SKY BLUE SKY", which you can use to print your own photo, and frame it big! Plus bragging rights x1000. Wowweee!

    It will be especially welcome on grey days, or those with a little rain, as a reminder that blue skies will return.

    And when other people at the party say they bought the most expensive photo in history, you can say you really paid for your art, a thousand times, say it proud, say it loud!

    And add, that Kenneth loves you.

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