(AFP) – Mar 26, 2008
GENEVA (AFP) — The photographer who took the picture of French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy posing naked has thousands more images of the ex-model, including some much more explicit, he told the Swiss media Wednesday.
Several British newspapers published the black-and-white full-frontal nude shot of Bruni-Sarkozy as she and President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Britain for a two-day state visit.
The picture, taken in 1993 and to be auctioned at Christie's in New York next month, is expected to fetch around 4,000 dollars (2,544 euros).
"I have other nude photographs of Carla far more explicit, but I would never sell them," Swiss photographer Michel Comte was quoted as saying in the daily Le Matin.
Comte said he had taken thousands of photos of Bruni in the ten years they worked together, and the nude being auctioned was taken at the end of a session for Italian Vogue magazine.
Comte said he had no idea how the photo had ended up at auction -- "I must have given it to someone as a gift," he said.
The photographer said he thought the 4,000 dollar auction estimate "a bit on the low side", and said the Sun newspaper in Britain had offered him more than a million pounds for a photograph of an unspecified celebrity.
"I refused. I'm not in it for the money. That's my principle," he said.
Christie's April 10 auction will include works by Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon and Leni Riefenstahl, and include other famous models such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
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