The photograph titled ‘Nude’, which earned Madonna a $25 modeling fee, is expected to sell for $10,000, at the very least. Itâ€™s a full frontal image, taken by Lee Friedlander in 1979 and published in Playboy in 1985.
Madonna was a dancer – says Matthieu Humery, head of Christie’s photography department – when she answered Friedlander’s newspaper ad seeking a nude model.
“For Friedlander it is a very typical way of taking pictures of a woman, likes very natural women ” he adds “there’s not a hint of glamorizing, that’s what makes it powerful.”
Another Madonnaâ€™s lingerie photo, by Helmut Newton, is also in the auction and expected to fetch $10,000 to $15,000.