Nude Bruni photo sells for $91,000 in NY auction -
A nude photo of French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, standing in a pigeon-toed pose and covering her modesty with her hands, was sold Thursday in New York for $91,000, more than 20 times its expected price.
A buyer for a Chinese art collector bought the black-and-white image, taken by photographer Michel Comte in 1993 during her modeling days, Christie’s auction house said.
Carla Bruni Sarkozy 43, the French First Lady of less than 2 months, has once posed nude for photographer Michel Comte during her modelling days in 1993. Now one of those photos has been put up for auction at Christie's New York and is expected to fetch around US$4000 in April.
A nude photo of the French First Lady Carla Bruni has been put up for auction at Christie's New York, just hours ahead of her and her husband President Nicolas Sarkozy's state visit to Britain.
The image, by photographer Michel Comte, shows a younger Miss Bruni facing the camera wearing no more than a thoughtful expression, her hands crossed at waist height to cover her modesty.
It is expected to fetch around £2,000 when it goes under the hammer on April 10.
UPDATE: July 2008
GORGEOUS Carla Bruni says it would be “a dream” to have children with French president hubbie Nicolas Sarkozy.
The 40-year-old said this would make her the happiest person in the world — but she ruled out fertility programmes.
Ms Bruni said: “I’d love to have children with Nicolas. I hope to, if I am young enough.
“It would be a dream. If it comes, I’d be the happiest person in the world, but if it doesn’t come, I’m not going to tempt the devil.”
She said in an interview in the September issue of Vanity Fair magazine: “I was already 39 when I met him.
Carla has a son, 7-year-old Aurélien Enthoven, from a previous relationship; Nicolas has three children and two step-children from previous marriages.
UPDATE: 18 DEC 2008
French first lady Carla Bruni wins damages over nude image on bags
A French court has ordered a clothing firm to pay euro40,000 ($56,200) in damages for distributing bags bearing a nude image of France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. The photo dates from Bruni-Sarkozy's modeling days. She was seeking euro125,000 in damages from clothing vendor Pardon, which distributed the bags to its clients.
Pardon says it will appeal Thursday's ruling, handed down by a court on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, where the company is based. The firm also is promising to destroy the 5,500 Bruni bags it has left. The court ruled that Pardon violated Bruni-Sarkozy's ownership rights to her own image. Her lawyers have said that she would donate any damages to charity.