The world is full of candid moments waiting to be captured. Some cameramen and camerawomen recognize this and are hard at work waiting for the right moment patiently. It is breathtaking to the orange reflection of the sun spreading into the sea or a lark soaring into the sky. However, to capture such moments forever is a priceless feeling. It is heartening when a cameraman manages to capture the essence of the place such as the eeriness of a jungle in the night time or the emptiness of a war zone remains. Here are 12 such life changing captures which are also the most expensive ones in the world.

 

12. Edward Steichen’s The Pond – Moonlight, 1904 – $2,928,000

Edward Steichen’s The Pond – Moonlight, 1904


 

11. Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #153, 1985 – $2,700,000.

Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #153, 1985


 

10. Billy the Kid portrait, 1879–80 – $2,300,000.

Billy the Kid portrait, 1879–80


 

9. Edward Weston’s Nude, 1925 – $1,609,000.

Edward Weston’s Nude, 1925


 

8. Alfred Stieglitz’s Georgia O’Keeffe (Hands), 1919 – $1,470,000.

Alfred Stieglitz’s Georgia O’Keeffe (Hands), 1919


 

7. Richard Prince’s Untitled, 1989 – $1,248,000.

Richard Prince’s Untitled, 1989


 

6. Richard Avedon’s Dovima with Elephants, 1955 – $1,151,976.

Richard Avedon’s Dovima with Elephants, 1955


 

5. Edward Weston’s Nautilus, 1927. Yes, it’s a photo of a seashell – $1,082,500.

Edward Weston’s Nautilus, 1927. Yes, it’s a photo of a seashell


 

4. Jeff Wall’s Untangling, 1994 – $780,000

Jeff Wall’s Untangling, 1994


 

3. Eugène Atget’s Joueur d’Orgue, 1898–1899 – $686,500.

Eugène Atget’s Joueur d’Orgue, 1898–1899


2. Robert Mapplethorpe’s Andy Warhol, 1987 – $643,200

Robert Mapplethorpe’s Andy Warhol, 1987


 

1. Ansel Adam’s Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1948 – $609,600.

Ansel Adam’s Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1948

 

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