Maybe models should start auctioning off pictures of themselves for a living!!
On Wednesday, 59 lots of Kate Moss' image were auctioned off for the first time ever at Christie’s London — and it was a smashing hit!
The pieces, which sold for a combined total of $2.42 million, included photographs, paintings, sculptures, and other artistic renditions of the iconic model, mostly from the expansive collection of German art expert Gert Elfering.
The highest bid of the night was $177,465 for a life-size sculpture of Kate by artist Allen Jones, titled A Model Model.
We wonder what the buyer will be using that for. Ha!
Sale curator Alexander Montague-Sparey thinks the success of night marks a significant change in the auction market, stating:
"We are seeing fashion photographers recognised and celebrated as artists. Before now many of the photographers in this sale, for instance David Sims and Mert & Marcus, had never sold their works at auction. A new auction market within fashion photography has been created."
Considering that a Mario Testino portrait of Mossy for British Vogue (above) sold for $41,948, we don’t doubt we’ll be seeing more fashion photography auctioned in the future.
Even Kate’s agent, Sarah Doukas, hopped on the bandwagon and excitedly purchased two pieces for herself!
Our only question is: who will be next on the auction block??
[Image via Mario Testino/Vogue.]
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