A private collector in Las Vegas just bought Peter Lik's, "Phantom," today for an unprecedented $6.5 million making this sale the most expensive photograph in history. Peter didn't just call it a day with one sale, he also sold, "Illusion," for $2.4 million and, "Eternal Moods," for $1.1 million. That's just a cool $10 million dollar payday for LIK USA™. These sales from today now make Peter Lik hold four of the top 20 spots for most expensive photographs ever sold. He had already been listed previously with a $1 million sale for his image, "One."
The Southwestern region of the United States is Lik's all-time favorite places to shoot. Arizona's Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon carved out by natural flowing water over the course of millions of years. This subterranean caver is where Lik captured, "Phantom," a ghost-like figure depicted in the black and white photo above.
"Certain textures and contours found in nature lend themselves beautifully to black and white photography," said Lik. "The intensity of contrasting light and dark spaces was surprising, but made for some of the most powerful images I've ever created."
The two works that sold today, "Phantom," and, "Eternal Moods," are black and white representations of Lik's iconic images "Ghost" and "Eternal Beauty," shown below. Lik is widely known and regarded for his artistic take on landscape photography and capturing the colors that Mother Nature provides. Rarely ever departing from his normal vibrant and colorful style, the black and white style are quite compelling and different from Lik.
Lik has been shooting landscapes in the most beautiful places on earth for 30 years. He's won awards and accolades cementing his stake as one of the world's most talented and dedicated artists'. Hailing from humble beginnings in his native Australia, this is quite a historic moment for Peter Lik. Fstoppers congratulates Peter Lik and can't wait to see what's coming next from him.
The purpose of all my photos is to capture the power of nature and convey it in a way that inspires someone to feel passionate and connected to the image.