If there’s a group of people that our society pays attention to the most in this day and age, it’s celebrities. Every single day, we’re looking up the hottest and freshest news on our favourite actors, actresses, singers, rappers, models, writers, and more.
When a celebrity gets married, has a child, buys a new house, or even does something scandalous, they’re all over the news. They make breaking news on the entertainment TV news and end up on the front cover on the most popular gossiping tabloid the next day.
Our generation is filled with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and more. We’re always looking up the accounts of our favourite people so we can follow them and keep up with their lives.
We do all of this for free because we enjoy these people, look up to them, and have been conditioned into wanting to know what they’re up to all of the time.
For paparazzi, keeping up with all of these famous people is their job. They are paid to go out and take pictures of celebrities during red carpet events, while they’re working, and even when these people are just out and about doing their own thing like running errands or having dinner with their friends.
Their paychecks rely on getting up close and personal with people they don’t personally know, but everyone loves to try to know.
The more famous the celebrity, the more the photographs are going to cost. The more intense the situation is, the more expensive and valuable the photographs are.
From celebrities buying new houses, having kids, or getting into the next scandal with another actor or singer or even their next door neighbor, there are all kinds of pictures being taken. If you can think of a situation, paparazzi has probably taken a picture of them during it.
In this article, we’ll be writing about eighteen of the most expensive photographs of celebrities, from weddings, to babies being born and adopted, and more.
18. Daniel Smith’s Last Photo
Daniel Wayne Smith, the firstborn son of Anna Nicole Smith, died at the age of 20 in Nassau, Bahamas due to an accidental drug overdose.
He died in Anna Nicole’s hospital room just a few days after his half sister, Dannielynn, was born.
On September 18, 2006, In Touch magazine received the last pictures of Daniel alive for $400,000 from Getty Images. The pictures were of Daniel right side Anna Nicole in her hospital bed.
17. Angelina Jolie Pregnancy Photos
From 2005 to 2006, Angelina Jolie was pregnant with her first biological child, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.
A few candid pictures during her pregnancy were made and one of them was on the cover of People magazine which was purchased in January 2006 for $500,000.
16. Sean Preston Federline Baby Pictures
On September 14, 2005, pop singer Britney Spears gave birth to a baby boy named Sean Preston Federline in Santa Monica, California.
Britney, Kevin Federline (Sean’s father), and Sean all appeared on the December 2005 issue of People magazine. People had bought the exclusive pictures for $500,000 a month before in November 2005.
15. Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt First Couple Photographs
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been the number one “it” couple ever since they started dating back in January 2006, so it’s no surprise that the media constantly wants new pictures of them all the time.
Around April 2005, Us Weekly bought pictures of the duo during what was said to be a love trip together in secret for $500,000.
14. Kingston James McGregor Rossdale Baby Photographs
On May 26, 2006, No Doubt singer and The Voice coach Gwen Stefani gave birth to a baby boy named Kingston James McGregor Rossdale.
Ok! magazine procured the first baby pictures in June 2006 for $575,000. The trio had appeared on the front cover of the issue.
13. Harlow Winter Kate Madden Baby Photographs
On January 11, 2008, Nicole Richie, a woman of multiple careers, and Joel Madden, a member of the band Good Charlotte, had their first daughter together named Harlow Winter Kate Madden.
The first photos of the child were sold to People magazine in February 2008 for a million dollars.
12. Maddie Briann Aldridge Baby Photographs
On June 19, 2008, actress and singer Jamie Lynn Spears gave birth to her first daughter, Maddie Briann Aldridge in Mississippi at the age of 16.
Due to the controversy surrounding her age and how popular she was to the public, a lot of media attention was given to her. After Maddie was born, Ok! magazine featured Jamie Lynn and Maddie on the front cover in July 2007 for a million dollars.
11. Anna Nicole Smith & Howard K. Stern Wedding Photographs
Sometime before their marriage, actress, model, and TV personality Anna Nicole Smith and Howard Stern, an attorney, were in a secret relationship before making things official and exchanging wedding vows on September 28, 2006.
The two had a legal and non binding ceremony in Nassau in the Bahamas. People magazine had procured rights to the wedding photos on September 2006 for a million dollars. Unfortunately, Anna Nicole had died shortly after their wedding on February 8, 2007.
10. Honor Marie Warren Baby Photographs
On June 7, 2008, actress Jessica Alba gave birth to her first child named Honor Marie Warren in Los Angeles, California.
Photos of the baby were purchased by and featured in Ok! magazine in July 2008 for $1.5 million.
9. Max Liron Bratman Baby Photographs
On January 2008, singer and The Voice coach, Christina Aguilera, gave birth to a baby boy named Max Liron Bratman in Los Angeles, California.
In February 2008, People magazine purchased the rights to the baby pictures for $1.5 million.
8. Eva Longoria & Tony Parker Wedding Photographs
On July 7, 2007, a Saturday, actress Eva Longoria and basketball player Tony Parker became married in Paris inside the Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois church.Ok! magazine purchased the wedding photos in July 2007 for $2 million. Unfortunately, on November 17, 2010, Eva had filed a divorce.
7. Larry & Dannielynn Birkhead Post-Paternity Case Photographs
On September 7, 2006, Anna Nicole Smith, also known as Vickie Lynn Marshall, gave birth to her daughter, Dannielynn.
When Dannielynn was born, Anna had written on the birth certificate that Howard Stern, an American attorney and her partner, was her father.
When Larry Birkhead, Anna’s previous boyfriend, found out, he continued to claim that Dannielynn was actually his daughter and filed a lawsuit and wanted a paternity test. When the paternity results came back, it was confirmed that Birkhead was the biological father of Dannielynn.
The post-paternity case pictures with Birkhead and Dannielynn together were sold to Ok! magazine in April 2007 for $2 million.
6. Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt Post-Adoption Photographs
Three year old Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt was adopted in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Angelina Jolie on March 15, 2007.
People magazine purchased rights to his post-adoption pictures in March 2007 for $2 million.
5. Levi Alves McConaughey Baby Photographs
On July 7, 2008, Brazilian-American designer and model Camila Alves, Matthew McConaughey’s wife, gave birth to their new baby boy, Levi Alves McConaughey.
Ok! magazine bought the baby pictures for $3 million in August 2008.
4. Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher Wedding Photographs
Actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher were another “it” couple during their short marriage. After dating for almost two years, the duo decided to get married on September 4, 2005.
The wedding photos were sold to Ok! magazine for $3 million and the magazine was published in October 2005.
Unfortunately, a few years later on December 21, 2012, divorce was filed. On November 27, 2013, their divorce was finalized.
3. Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt Baby Photographs
Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt was born on May 27, 2006 in Swakopmund, Namibia to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. In June 2006, baby pictures were sold to People magazine for $4.1 million.
Hello! magazine had also procured rights for $3.5 million. All the money received went to charity, specifically UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), a charity that provides help for mothers and children in third world countries.
2. Maximilian David & Emme Maribel Muñiz Baby Photographs
On February 22, 2008, Jennifer Lopez gave birth to two twins named Emme Maribel and Maximilian David Muñiz in Long Island, New York.
In the March 2008 issue of People magazine, Lopez and the twins were on the front cover which cost the magazine $6 million to make happen.
1. Knox Leon & Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt Baby Photographs
It’s not a surprise that baby photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s children would make the highest dollar.
This couple have been the “it” couple for as long as they’ve been together and every time they adopt a new child, they make national and international news.
When twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline were born on July 12, 2008, all magazines and news wanted the pictures as soon as possible.
Baby pictures were sold to both People and Hello! magazines for $15 million and published in August 2008. All of that money was then given to charity.