‘Rhein II’ became the most expensive photograph ever sold in 2011, after a print was auctioned in New York for a sum of £2.7 million. The photograph was originally taken by German visual artist Andreas Gursky in 1999, and depicts the River Rhine flowing horizontally between two green fields, with grey skies above.
Gursky made use of digital editing techniques to remove dog walkers, a factory building and cyclists, in order to create the bleak, featureless landscape. This means that, as such, the view shown is fictitious. The print sold at the auction was a chromogenic colour print, measuring 190 cm × 360 cm, and mounted onto acrylic glass.