Rhein II is the most expensive photograph of all time, selling in 2011, for $4.3 million and replacing Untitled 96 as the most expensive photograph that was ever sold. Rhein II was originally taken by the German photographer Andreas Gursky in 1999, and is a photo of the Rhine River in Germany, flowing between a field of grass and under a sky. Despite being the most expensive photograph ever taken, the Rhein II is actually very heavily modified. Originally, there were many people and a building in the photo, but they were digitally removed by Gursky, in order to display a more natural view of the Rhine River. This has caused some controversy by some who believe that a naturally taken photograph deserves the top spot as the most expensive photograph in the world, but until the next auction of million dollar photographs, the Rhein II is likely to keep its place. The expensive photograph measures seventy three by one hundred and forty three inches, a large photograph even by expensive photo standards.