By Calvin Palmer
Anyone with £30,000 or $43,000 to spare and who likes photographs of icons of the modeling world may care to head to Christie’s in London on Friday.
A contact sheet, featuring 14 nude photographs of Kate Moss, is to be auctioned off and expected to fetch £30,000. Moss is pictured without clothes or jewelry crouching in the sand in a number of different poses.
The photographs dating from 1993 were taken in Marrakech by fashion photographer Albert Watson.
The larger than normal contact prints are mounted on aluminum and come with the photographer’s letter of authenticity.
Alexander Montague-Sparey, photography expert at Christie’s, said: “Albert Watson is a famed photographer.
“He is known for his work in black and white and these photographs have a golden quality to them which makes them very attractive.
“There is a contact sheet with 14 photographs and they are very large for contact sheet photos.
“There was another print from this shoot which was enlarged and sold for £50,000 ($72,000).
“The photographs are like looking through a keyhole into an intimate moment and they draw you in.
“There is an intimacy between the photographer and his muse. She is crouching trying to hide as much of her body as possible.
“There are those who collect Watson photographs and Kate Moss is very commercial and they are a safe investment.”
Watson’s images have adorned more than 200 front covers of Vogue and also appeared in magazines ranging from Rolling Stone to Time. His work has featured in art museum exhibitions around the world and is alsoincluded in the permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery and Metropolitan Museum of Art.
So with European economies teetering on the threshold of another crisis, what better way to ride out the uncertainty than having Kate Moss in her prime to look at.
My photographic efforts, on the other hand, cannot be considered an investment but they are an invaluable cure for insomnia.
[Based on a report by The Daily Telegraph.]