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Nude photo of Madonna auctioned for $37,500

A nude photo of a 20-year-old Madonna that appeared in Playboy has been sold at auction for $37,500. Christie's believes that Lee Friedlander's full-frontal black and white image of Madonna, born Louise Ciccone, is a record auction price for a photograph of her.

world Updated: Feb 13, 2009 09:32 IST

A nude photo of a 20-year-old Madonna that appeared in Playboy has been sold at auction for $37,500. Christie's believes that Lee Friedlander's full-frontal black and white image of Madonna, born Louise Ciccone, is a record auction price for a photograph of her. A Herb Ritts photo of Madonna's "True Blue" album cover sold for over $15,000 in 2006. An unnamed European buyer bought the 1979 photograph on Thursday. It had been estimated to sell for up to $15,000.

Madonna may have earned as little as $25 for the 1979 modeling session. Christie's says she was a 20-year-old dancer trying to make ends meet when she answered Friedlander's newspaper ad seeking a nude model.

The photograph appeared in Playboy in 1985.