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    $6.5 Million for a Peter Lik Photograph

    http://www.lik.com/news/newsarticle57/

    Gotta respect the salesmanship... Dang!

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    Re: $6.5 Million for a Peter Lik

    Now I'm going to be the cynical one.......I will believe it when I see such numbers in a public sale. Galleries have been known to fake such sales to boost an artists value-happens all the time. You get a "buyer" to front the money. The "sale" happens and then the money (or a large part of it) is quietly given back to the buyer. But the public perception is that the deal was for real and the artist stock goes way up.
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    Re: $6.5 Million for a Peter Lik

    I favor the drug money laundry scenario.

    Still, I imagine a healthy amount of the lint remains in Lik's pockets.

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    Re: $6.5 Million for a Peter Lik

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Gittings View Post
    ... But the public perception is that the deal was for real and the artist stock goes way up.

    Why the US Stocks are doing so well while the national economy are just clawing along. It is because the rule changed, company allowed to use their profit to buy back their stock (instead of issue dividend or raise salary for their worker) resulting fewer stock in the market at higher price, favor the big stock holders/option..

    It's all about business.
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    Re: $6.5 Million for a Peter Lik

    Did they buy this FROM Peter Lik or was it bought from someone who had previously owned the image already?

    How big was the print? I've seen copies of the image's listed in his galleries so was this the 1 of 10 or 1 of 1? Curious.

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    Re: $6.5 Million for a Peter Lik

    Well... he does make some of the most spectacular images around. I mean, they're trite and every one of them's a cliche, but he's really good at it.

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    Re: $6.5 Million for a Peter Lik

    He's like the Thomas Kinkade of landscape photography. Can't say I'm a fan of his work, but I sure wouldn't mind having his popularity and income!

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    Re: $6.5 Million for a Peter Lik

    It's like Velvia x Velvia

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    Re: $6.5 Million for a Peter Lik

    Do they mention what kind of print it is ? I wonder about the longevity, if it's an inkjet print made on unstable paper with dyes that fade etc.

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    Re: $6.5 Million for a Peter Lik

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lee View Post
    Do they mention what kind of print it is ? I wonder about the longevity, if it's an inkjet print made on unstable paper with dyes that fade etc.
    He owns his own print lab, I'm sure he uses the right archival options, I'm sure it's an ink jet pigment print of some kind probably on metallic paper, possibly RA-4 metallic with a Lambda. Most of his stuff seems to be printed on metallic paper which matches the over saturation.

    He used to shoot with a Velvia of some kind and has a linhof 6x17 that he's used in the past. I know he shoots digital now but not sure if it's all digital or just mostly?

    I agree his images are cliche but they are beautiful too. I don't mind them so much.

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