Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Christie's to sell Kate Moss images

Kate Moss in Torn Veil, Marrakech, 1993 by Albert Watson (AP/Christie's)

Few people have been photographed more often than Kate Moss and now some of the most famous images of the supermodel are going under the hammer at a Christie's auction.

The sale includes a shot of Moss encased in bronze glitter by Allen Jones and images by well-known photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, Mario Testino, Sam Taylor-Wood and Irving Penn.

The works, collectively valued at about £1 million, have been assembled by German collector Gert Elfering, who called Moss a "living icon".

"Kate is the ultimate modern muse and we will be seeing her images in major museums and private collections for years to come," he said.

Moss has been a star since she was discovered as a teenager in the late 1980s. Her waif-like looks took fashion by storm, though she has also been criticised for her association with the super-skinny style known as "heroin chic".

Now 39, Moss remains among the world's best-known and best-paid models. Christie's director of photographs Philippe Garner said she was "the greatest icon of style of the modern age".

Lots up for auction include a 1992 image of Moss nude on a couch by Mario Sorrenti, valued at £30,000-£50,000.

There is also a 2002 image by Craig McDean of Moss wearing a jacket and reading "God Save the Queen", with an estimate of £40,000-£60,000, and a 3D hologram image on a lightbox by Chris Levine estimated at between £100,000 and £150,000.

In addition to photographs, the sale includes a Peter Blake collage, a Jacquard tapestry by Chuck Close and - a must for every living room - an 18-carat gold sculpture of Moss as a naked angel by Nick Knight.

The works will be sold at Christie's in London on September 25.

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