A nude photo of Madonna, taken well before she was a music superstar and still making ends meet as a nude model, is expected to sell for at least $10,000 at Christie's auction house this weekend. Which makes some sense until you actually see it (here, very very very NSFW). It looks like she's giving birth to a baby bear. Fox News says…
Madonna, then known as Madonna Louise Ciccone, may have earned as little as $25 for the 1979 modeling session.
The raw, full frontal black-and-white image, taken by Lee Friedlander, appeared in Playboy in 1985 and is to be auctioned Feb. 12. Madonna was a 20-year-old dancer trying to make ends meet when she answered Friedlander's newspaper ad seeking a nude model, said Matthieu Humery, head of Christie's photography department.
You can go to Christies website and check out the auction for yourself. They even have a feature where you can click on the picture and they invite you to "enlarge and zoom". It was a sweet offer, but one I chose to decline. "No thank you," I said. "I think I got the gist of it from here."