Friday, April 11, 2008

Nude photo of France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy for $91,000

A nude photo of the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy smashed its auction estimate as it sold for more than $91,000 in New York, Christie's said. it's not the look you would normally associate with a First Lady.

And the photographer who captured this image the new Mrs Nicolas Sarkozy - former model Carla Bruni - claims he has photos that are even more explicit.

The image of glamorous first lady Carla Bruni was taken by photographer Michel Comte 15 years ago and shows a younger, nude Ms Bruni facing the camera with her hands crossed at her waist.

A buyer for a Chinese art collector bought the black-and-white 1993 photo for £45,500, more than 22 times its estimate of £1,500 to £2,000, the auction house said.

The photograph, which measures 32.5cm by 22.5cm, was sold by German-born collector Gert Elfering and was acquired from the artist directly.

The Italian supermodel turned singer, who also posed nude in last month's GQ magazine.
She is expected to release her latest album, No Promises, in May.

The photographer, Mr Comte, 53, said he took hundreds of pictures of the stunning Italian model over ten years of working together.

And he revealed: "I have many more nude pictures of Carla much more explicit than that one.

"But she need not worry as I would never put them on sale."

He refused to give details of the nature of his more explicit photos of the former model, only adding: "I can assure you there are many more."

Even so, the First Lady is understandably furious that a nude photo of her went on sale on the eve of her State visit to Britain with her husband.
what wouldn't you give to be the president!

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