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Naked Kate Moss May Fetch $43,000 in Christie’s Photo Auction

``Kate Moss, greatly enlarged contact sheet, 1993''
``Kate Moss, greatly enlarged contact sheet, 1993,'' shot by the American photographer Albert Watson in Marrakech, Morocco. Printed in 2008 in an edition of five, it is expect to sell for as much as 30,000 pounds at a Christie's photography sale in London on May 21. Source: Christie's Images Ltd. 2010 via Bloomberg.

A set of images of Kate Moss posing naked is set to sell for as much as 30,000 pounds ($43,000) this week as fans of the model battle specialist collectors at a photograph auction, said Christie’s International.

A contact sheet, blown up to a height of 7 feet (2.1 meters), is for sale in London on May 21. U.S.-based portraitist Albert Watson pictured the British-born model in the Moroccan town of Marrakech in 1993. The lot contains 14 images of the shoot, from a signed edition of five, printed in 2008 and mounted on aluminum.

“It’s an image that appeals far beyond the specialist world of photography,” said Philippe Garner, Christie’s international head of photograph sales. “Kate Moss is one of the lasting emblems of this age’s ideal of beauty.”

A single image of Moss from Watson’s Marrakech shoot sold at Christie’s in May 2007 for 54,000 pounds, an auction record for the Scottish-born photographer.

Moss has been portrayed by a number of contemporary artists in recent years, and the works have proved popular on the auction market. Marc Quinn’s 2007 bronze of the model in a yoga pose, “Red Sphinx,” sold for a record $605,000 at Sotheby’s Red auction in February 2008.

Earlier that month, Banksy’s 2005 screenprint “Kate Moss” -- parodying Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn” -- sold for a 96,000 pounds at Bonhams in London, triple the estimate.

(Scott Reyburn writes about the art market for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are his own.)

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