How much did Pippa Middleton’s ‘pals’ earn from her topless pics?

Updated: May 12, 2011, 15:24 PM IST

Washington: Its true, ‘money matters a lot’. People tend to forget every relationship when it comes to money.

The best example is Pippa Middleton’s friends who sold a string of topless and body baring snaps of the stunning 27-year-old to a slew of publications last week.

So far how much money did the Middleton pals made off by selling their friendship?

"My best guess would be 25,000 dollars. I really don`t think those ended up fetching as high a price as they could have – just from what I see from the way they were published," the Fox News quoted a rep from leading photography agency X17Online as saying.

"I first saw the pictures online, meaning the agency wasn`t able to make an exclusive sale to a magazine. At the end of the day, totaling all worldwide licensing, I`d say these photos brought in less than 100,000 dollars, in part because the agency representing the photographer didn``t strategize properly.

“A big exclusive sale to a UK publication first, before selling them ``all around,`` would have doubled their take," the rep said.

Mike Lavalette, Managing Editor of the entertainment website, which purchases an array of popular pictures from agencies on a daily basis, estimated that the purple bra party picture earned the seller anywhere between 10,000 dollars to 50,000 dollars.

"Zuma [the photo agency that sold the picture of Pippa partying] acquires the rights to sell the picture exclusively to anyone who wants to pay, and they range tremendously on how big the publication is.

“One outlet could have paid 150 dollars for the picture of Pippa partying in her bra, another could have paid 2,000 dollars.

"Once you get into television and print you`re talking about a lot more. I``m assuming that the purple bra picture was a lump sum purchase, perhaps the person who sold the pictures made as much as 10,000 dollars.

“They may have also received a small percentage of the photograph`s sell price, so they could have then made as much as 50,000 dollars," said Lavalette.