February 13, 2009

Early naked Madonna photo sells for $37.5K

A nude photo of U.S. pop music icon Madonna -- taken before she was famous -- sold for $37,500 in New York, Christie's auction house said.

The 1979, black and white picture reportedly was snapped when the star was a dancer in her 20s, struggling to pay the bills. The singer, who is now 50, is said to have been paid $25 for modeling for the photo three decades ago.

The BBC said the picture, which had been expected to sell for $15,000, was purchased this week by an unidentified buyer.