Peter Lik’s “Phantom” Image Sells for $6.5 Million

LIK USA Peter Lik's Phantom

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I’m sure that we all aspire to one day have an image sold for a giant wad of money. Today, that award goes to Peter Lik, who now has the record for the most expensive photo sold. Peter’s “Phantom” image is very famous and there have been many trying to recreate and copy the photo, but the original sold for a whopping $6.5 Million. But that’s not all.

According to PRNewsWire:

“The purchase also included Lik’s masterworks “Illusion” for $2.4 million and “Eternal Moods” for $1.1 million.  With this $10 million sale, Lik now holds four of the top 20 spots for most expensive photographs ever sold.  He already has a position in the ranking with a previous $1 million sale of famed image, “One.”

$10,000,000. So why so much money? Peter is well known for his landscape photography and his color work. To see landscape and black and white together is very rare. Combine that with the very ghost-like look due to dust and the little sliver and light, and you’ve got yourself a winner. Technically, this is a very tough image to accomplish because of the high amounts of contrast. According to Lik’s news post today, it was shot in the Southwest part of the United States.

The buyer preferred not to be publicly identified for security reasons. And considering how much money was dropped on the photo, we don’t blame them.

Via PRNewsWire

Phantom’s Flex4K Will Film You Blowing Stuff Up at 1000FPS and 4K


Just imagine being able to film your buddies being total jackasses and then watching it in super slo-mo at 4K resolution! Well, the future is here at NAB 2013. According to DSLR News Shooter, you’ll be able to shoot at 1,000fps in uncompressed 4K RAW video in five second bursts. But it can also do 2,000 fps in 2K and 3,000 fps at 720p resolution. That can give you nearly three minutes of 4K video when played back at 24p. According to Engadget, they’re promising that the sensor will have around 12 stops of dynamic range, which is less than the new BlackMagic Pocket Camera (and a whole nother market). It’ll drop around October 2013; which should give you enough time to save up the $140,000 you’ll need to snag one of these bad boys.

Here’s a sample video after the jump for you.

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