Annie Leibovitz has taken some of the most iconic photos of rock stars and celebrities ever. She began her artistic career as a musician and painter, graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute in the late 60s. After spending a few years overseas, where she began focusing solely on photography, she returned to the US, and began one of the most successful photography careers ever. She first made a name for herself as a staff photographer for Rolling Stone. She rose to become Chief Photographer, and held the position from 1983 to 1993. Some of her more famous photographs include the last portrait of John Lennon just five hours before his assassination; the photo of Bruce Springsteen used on the cover of the "Born in the U.S.A." album; Whoopi Goldberg in a bathtub full of milk; Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson semi-nude with Tom Ford on the cover of Vanity Fair; Demi Moore's nude and pregnant cover photo, also for Vanity Fair; and Queen Elizabeth II when she visited the United States. She photographed The Rolling Stones on tour, and has long been a favorite photographer for music artists. She has shot portraits of Sting, Dolly Parton, Cyndi Lauper, Miley Cyrus, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna, among many, many others. She suffered severe financial problems in the late 2000s, and began putting her everything she owned including the rights to many of her famous photos, up for sale. She was given somewhat of a reprieve, and was able to retain the rights to her photos, but she is still trying to sell her homes. Recently, she slashed the price on her West Village compound.
Annie Leibovitz's house in the West Village is actually made up of three townhouses. Altogether, the entire compound takes up 10,200 square feet, and includes seven bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. In addition to the ample number of bedrooms and bathrooms, Annie Leibovitz's house also features, multiple home offices, a library, a play room, a finished basement with a storage area, and two guest suites. Outside, there is a private garden and a guest house. Annie Leibovitz's house originally hit the market for $33 million in 2012, but since no one has seemed interested, that price has been reduced to $29.9 million. Only time will tell whether the $3 million difference will help put an end to her monetary woes.