A nude photo of a 20-year-old Madonna that appeared in Playboy has been sold at auction for $37,500.
An unnamed European buyer bought the picture, which had been expected to sell for up to $15,000, according to Christie’s auction house.
Christie’s believes that Lee Friedlander’s full-frontal black and white image of the then-Madonna Louise Ciccone is a record auction price for a photograph of Madonna. A Herb Ritts photo of Madonna’s True Blue album cover sold for over $15,000 in 2006.
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.