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Iconic images under the hammer at Christie’s

Staring straight down the lens Paul McCartney and John Lennon create a powerful image.

But the striking portrait of the two Beatles captured by David Bailey in 1965 is only one of 150 iconic shots which will be auctioned this week.

Pictures of some of the most famous faces from the world of sport, art, fashion and music will be included in a photographic sale at Christie’s in London this Friday.

Captivating shots of actor Johnny Depp and British model Kate Moss will go under the hammer in the sale which celebrates the power of the muse over the last 60 years.

A provocative Christy Turlington unbuttons the back of her dress in a photograph taken in 1996.

It is among the many images of supermodels for sale which include studies of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Lily Cole.

A portrait of a stern-looking Picasso is estimated to reach £60,000-£80,000.

While an underwater shot of the great Muhammad Ali is expected to fetch a more modest £3,000-£5,000.

Alexander Montague-Sparey of Christie’s said around 90 |of the 150 photographs had come from two individual collectors.

”We’ve had a great amount of interest in this sale and we try to choose pictures that will be appealing to the market at the time,” Mr Montague-Sparey said.

For full information on all works on sale visit Christie’s at www.christies.com

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