August 02, 2008 02:21:13 GMT
Already obtaining the rights to publish the first pictures of the couple's twins, both magazines will debut the babies' first shots in an issue to hit the newsstands Monday, August 4.
It's official, the first pictures of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's twins have been sold. The lucky publication to win the bid, in addition to People magazine, is British tabloid Hello! The Associated Press earns a confirmation on that matter from an unnamed source involved in the negotiations which is verified by People's managing editor Larry Hackett .
Photo agency Getty Images confirmed Friday, August 1 it had done an exclusive photo shoot of Pitt and Jolie's twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline with the couple themselves and their four other children; Maddox, Zahara, Pax and Shiloh. Getty did not disclose the amount of money the magazines paid for the photo rights. It simply confirmed, "The Jolie-Pitt family and Getty Images have agreed that all proceeds will be used for charitable purposes."
The unnamed source cited by the AP, elsewhere, mentioned the pictures cost the magazines $14 million. The money will be donated to a foundation created by Pitt and Jolie which focus is to help children around the world.
A spokeswoman for People confirmed the weekly magazine will publish the pictures in an issue to hit newsstands Monday, August 4 and it will as well debut the cover shot online Sunday night, August 3 at 7 P.M. EST. "We're thrilled to be able to feature these pictures in People," Hackett said in a statement.
As for Hello! the magazine will unveil the twins' first photo shoots on Monday too.
Knox and Vivienne have become the subject of obsessive media coverage even before they were born on July 12. Bidding war over rights to publish their first exclusive pictures began just days after their arrival into the world.