Nude photo of 20 year old Madonna on auction

A 20 year old nude photo of Madonna will be on auction at Christie’s house in New York, February 12.

The photograph titled ‘Nude’, which earned Madonna a $25 modeling fee, is expected to sell for $10,000, at the very least. It’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 Madonna’s lingerie photo, by Helmut Newton, is also in the auction and expected to fetch $10,000 to $15,000.