Carla Nude Pic Fetches $91K at Christie's

1993 portrait of Sarko's wife goes for 20 times expected price
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Apr 10, 2008 8:11 PM CDT
France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy arrives for a state banquet at the Guildhall in London Wednesday March 27, 2008.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Sarkozy isn't the only one who gets to see his wife in the buff: a collector paid $91,000 for a photograph of a naked Carla Bruni at Christie's today. The auction house expected Michel Comte's 1993 portrait of the French first lady to sell for no more than $4,000, AFP reports. Brigitte Bardot, however, was the auction's big winner: Richard Avedon's photograph of the French star fetched $181,000.

The portraits were part of a 200-photograph collection including works from legends Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts. Bruni-Sarkozy was incensed over Christie's decision to include Comte's photo. "It's a work of art," said the auction house. Comte has a stash of more explicit Bruni pics from her modeling days, but he's keeping them under wraps.