Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Brazilian Beauty Beats France’s First-Lady - Carla Bruni Lost From Gisele Bündchen

When in April this year, the photo collection of Gert Elfering was auctioned by Christie’s in New York, it was only the picture of France’s first-lady Carla Bruni, which picked up the attention of the world press. Although the polemic nude photograph made by Michel Comte in 1993, and before the auction estimated at USD 4.000, did USD 91.000, it was not the highest priced one.
In the auction of the 135 photographs of the German collector Gert Elfering the nude of Carla Bruni “lost” from the nudes of Gisele Bündchen and Kate Moss both photographed by Irving Penn. The nude picture of Gisele (estimated before the auction at USD 60.000) went for USD 193.000 and the Kate Moss’ nude reached USD 97.000.

The results of the auction proved that Brazilian beauty is always highly valued with large margins. For the uneducated who do not know Gisele Bündchen, the following: With 27 years she is the world’s most famous Brazilian model, arguably the No. 1 in fashion shows and arguably the best paid one, as she made 33 million USD between June 2005 and July 2006, while her wealth is estimated at 150 million USD.

Among the other pieces auctioned were photographs of Brigitte Bardot, Lauren Hutton, Pablo Picasso and four psychedelic pictures of the Beatles made by Richard Avedon.

One of the photo’s released here show Gert Elfering standing beside “Brigitte Bardot, Hair by Alexandre, January 1959” photo by Richard Avedon on March 10, 2008 in London, England.
The Collection owned by Gert Elfering which went on sale in New York on 10th April 2008 contained 135 lots with an overall estimate of 2 to 3 million USdollars. (Photo by Cate Gillon/Getty Images Europe)

However after the auction it turned out that Gert Elfering’s collection cashed a total of 4.369.200 USD. Four million three hundred and sixty nine thousand and two hundred USDollars.

Not bad for some pictures, of which the Gisele ones can be bought in Brazil for some 200 to 400 euros.

The pictures showed here in this post are censored. The uncensored photographs are not allowed to be published here, although pieces of art, beautifully orchestrated, showing nothing scandalous.
However you can see the pieces of auctioned photography art, by going to: Brazil In Hot Pants.

source: PicturaPixel and Erika Palomino

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