I'm actually pretty shocked to see the jealously of others here that claim in some form to be artists.
Without talking about the price, because something is worth whatever someone will pay for it, let's talk about some reasons this piece could be valuable to the buyer:
- It's by Gursky, an artist that has made a name for himself and thus is an investment
- The medium is impressive. Roughly 6' x 12' with special ink on plexiglass.
- The interpretation of the painting might be powerful.
Most of the bashers in this thread didn't have a connection to this scene beforehand, so immediately judged it as boring picture of a river and some grass. Ironically, this was somewhat the intent of the photograph, as it shows a surreal scene that is out of the ordinary for that particular place. If someone shot a picture of Time's Square and removed all the buildings and people, it probably would not be an interesting photograph, but it does carry a message or meaning to some people.
Photography is a tool used to carry a vision. Not everyone is going to appreciate the photographer's vision. This picture was well thought out, and although many people...MANY people...may not like it, namecalling is not deserved.