Nude Photo of Sarkozy's Wife Up for Auction
Ex-supermodel's B&W image expected to fetch at least $3K
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2008 3:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – A black-and-white photograph of Carla Bruni will go up for sale at an auction next month, Reuters reports. Christie’s expects the portrait of Nicolas Sarkozy's bride to attract a final bid of $3,000 to $4,000, and the auction house's announcement of the sale on the eve of a state visit to the UK isn't sitting well with the subject, the Daily Mail reports.

"Carla is very angry, not to say deeply upset, that a commercial organisation has chosen to release this print at such an important time," said an aide to the French first lady. In the 7 weeks since they married, Sarkozy’s approval ratings have plummeted, largely as a result of voter disapproval of his international playboy image, the AP reports.