Canadian artist Jeff Wall’s famed large-format Dead Troops Talk went for $3.6 million at Christie’s New York this week, making the work the most expensive Canadian photo ever sold at auction.
The original estimate was $1.5 to $2 million for the 90 x 164″ work, Dead Troops Talk (A vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986). The Vancouver artist staged the scene in 1992. It depicts Soviet Red Army soldiers killed by the Afghan mujahideen coming back to life and talking with each other.
His work regularly sells in the six figures. The 1989 image The Well (above) fetched $1.1 million in 2008 and The Forest sold for just over $1 million US at a Sotheby’s auction in New York. The MoMA in New York has an excellent multimedia project about Jeff Wall, here.