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“A nude photo of Madonna, taken before erotic songs and risque costumes catapulted her to superstardom, is expected to sell for at least $10,000, Christie’s auction house say.
…The raw, full frontal black-and-white image, taken by Lee Friedlander, appeared in Playboy in 1985 and is to be auctioned Feb. 12.”
The photo, and another taken by Helmut Newton, are from the collection of Leon and Michaela Constantiner. The Newton photograph is expected to go for $10,000 to $15,000. Last month, from the same collection, a series of photographs by Bert Stern of Marilyn Monroe the year she died, sold for $146,500.
Edward Weston’s 1925 “Nude,” holds the the record auction price for a nude photo at $1.6 million paid last year.