Topless picture of Angelina Jolie horsing around for photographer David LaChapelle set to raise £35,000 at Christie’s auction

  • 12-year-old picture will go under the hammer in May as part of the Wild Side of Photography auction in London
  • Picture is part of the Contemporary artists section which includes work by Steven Klein and Albert Watson
  • Other photographers featured in the wider sale include Helmut Newton and Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • A Steven Klein picture of Angelina Jolie posing with Brad Pitt in 2005 is expected to fetch £8,000 to £12,000

A beautiful picture of a carefree Angelina Jolie posing with a white horse will lead a sale of photographs at London auction house Christie’s next month.

The never-before-seen image by celebrated photographer David LaChapelle is expected to fetch between £25,000 and £35,000 when it goes under the hammer as part of The Wild Side of Photography sale.

The colour snap from 2001 features the actress as a 25-year-old throwing back a mane of brunette hair and showing off some of her many tattoos, including a ‘Billy Bob’ drawing on her arm, a homage to her then husband which has now been erased.

Also featured is a staged scene of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt around a family dinner table shot by fashion photographer Steven Klein in 2005 which is expected to fetch £8,000 – £12,000

Christie’s claim that this is ‘an opportunity for discerning collectors around the world to acquire photographs with remarkable provenance.’

The wider sale features subsections including Woman, In All Her Guises, Into The Wild and Fashion Icons and works by 20th century masters as well as the carefully selected group of contemporary and fashion photographers including Helmut Newton, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Horst P. Horst.

The auction comprises 108 lots with estimates ranging from £1,500 to £70,000 and is expected to realise in the region of £1.5 million.

Berlin Stories by David LaChapelle, 2009. An oversized chromogenic print, flush mounted on Perspex estimated t raise £25,000-35,000

Serra Pelada goldmine, Brazil by Sebastiao Salgado in 1986. A gelatin silver print estimated to raise £3,000-5,000


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