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Nude photo of Carla Bruni goes under the hammer

Latest update : 2008-04-10

A collection of 140 images from German collector Gert Elfering is set to be auctioned by Christie's in New York. But it's a nude photograph of French First Lady Carla Bruni that's attracting all the attention. (Report: S. Kolka Courageux)

Christie’s is today auctioning a nude portrait of French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, taken in 1993, at the peak of Bruni’s modeling career.

Bruni's 32.5 x 22.5 cm gelatin silver black and white portrait, one of art collector Gert Effering’s famous photographs of celebrity models, including Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen, has attracted special attention since Bruni married French President Nicolas Sarkozy in February.

Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy is seen posing with her hands crossed at waist height in the picture originally destined for a fundraising campaign against AIDS.

Taken by photographer Michel Comte, the portrait is expected to fetch between $3,000 and $4,000 when it goes on the block.

"The focus of Gert's collection has always been the great editorial photographers of the last half century, particularly in the world of fashion, celebrity, icons of beauty," Philippe Garner, Christie's international head of photos, said on Friday.

Date created : 2008-04-10

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