Bristol Baby Pics Score $300K

Price went up when grandma got arrested
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2008 7:17 AM CST
Bristol Palin, daughter of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and her boyfriend Levi Johnston at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)
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(Newser) – Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are unwed teen parents—and about to make enough money to buy her mom’s campaign wardrobe twice over by selling the first pics of new son Tripp, MSNBC reports. Bidding among the celeb weeklies began at $100,000, with People winning out. The couple's unconfirmed net for the photos is around $300,000—boosted in part by Grandma Johnston’s recent OxyContin-peddling arrest.

“The bidding started well before the baby was born, but once Levi’s mom was arrested—well, then you had a story,” says one editor. Prior to the arrest, no one was sure the Palins could still peddle mags: “Sarah was on the cover of People, Us Weekly, and OK! the same week, and really only People saw a bump in sales,” says a source.