A full frontal black-and-white picture of pop diva Madonna, taken in 1979 by Lee Friedlander, will be put on sale at Christie's auction house in New York next month. The snap is expected to sell for at least $10,000.
According to Matthieu Humery, head of Christie's photography department, Madonna was "a 20-year-old dancer trying to make ends meet" when she responded to Friedlander's newspaper ad seeking a nude model. She was paid for $25 for six photos from the modeling session, which were later on sold to Playboy magazine, the editors of which made them public in 1985.
And while the other five pictures from the Playboy spread were sold together for $7,170 back in 2007, the one last pic, considered as "the most explicit one", will go on sale on February 12. In accompaniment of the pic, another later Madonna's pic shot by Helmut Newton will also go on the auction block.
The snap, shows Madonna wearing lingerie, sporting curly blond hair and striking a seductive expression with a man kneels beside her, is also sold to Playboy. The shot is expected to sell for $10,000 to $15,000.