A nude photograph of British supermodel Kate Moss has narrowly beaten a naked picture of France?s first lady Carla Bruni at Christie?s in New York.
Irving Penn?s 1996 image of Moss (right) raised $97,000, more than double its pre-sale estimate.
While, Michel Comte?s Bruni portrait – shot in 1993 – sold to an anonymous bidder for $91,000.
The silver gelatin print of Bruni had only been expected to fetch $3,000-4,000.
However, both lots were eclipsed by a photo of Brigitte Bardot which raised $181,000.
When Christie’s decided to sell the nude photograph of Carla Bruni she was not engaged to the French President at the time, a spokeswoman told us last month.
Picture credits: Christie’s Images Ltd 2008