Ansel Adams photographs smash record, sell for $6.4 million

Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams in front of what is arguably his most famous image, "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico". A 9x12in print of this picture is being auctioned with an estimate of $700,000-$1,000,000 (Image credit: Getty Images)

UPDATE: A collection of Ansel Adams' rare photographs has sold for an incredible $6.4 million (approximately £4.74 million / 8.455 million), with a single photograph smashing the auction house record at $988,000. 

"The Grand Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming" (pictured below) was one of the star lots in the auction, and carried an estimate of $400,000-$600,000. Its ultimate sale price of almost a million dollars set a new Sotheby's record for an Adams print.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.