Nude photo of French first lady auctioned

April 11, 2008 at 12:27 PM

NEW YORK, April 11 (UPI) -- A nude photo of Carla Bruni, the model-cum-French first lady, sold for $91,000 at auction at Christie's in New York, the auction house said.

Thursday's sale of the topless photo of Bruni by photographer Michel Comte sparked a bidding war among potential buyers, the New York Daily News reported.

"There was a protracted bidding battle on the phone, on the Internet and in the room," said Rik Pike of Christie's.

Still, the first lady's photo selling price didn't compete with a photo of Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen or old-school French bombshell Brigitte Bardot.

A bare-chested photo of Bundchen drew a top bid of $193,000, while a portrait of Bardot by Richard Avedon sold for $181,000.

The 135 photos were from a collection of Gert Elfering, who had bought up iconic images of gorgeous women, especially in their birthday suits, the Daily News said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Catholic Church in Norway ordered to pay $5.1 million for fraud
North Korean diplomats sending their children to mental hospitals
Report: North Korea executed over 1,300 people
Shark bite confirmed off North Carolina shore
Jerusalem family finds ancient ritual bath under home