London: An original print of a nude shot of Kate Moss taken in her early days of modelling - and said to be one of her personal favourites - sold for 16,250 pounds at auction on November 17.
The 57in by 45in black and white image was taken in Marrakech, Morocco, by fashion photographer Albert Watson on a shoot for the German edition of Vogue in January 1993.
It shows Moss, then in her late teens, kneeling on a rooftop, with a crooked leg covering her modesty, and encapsulates the controversial ‘waif’ look which helped cement her fame.
“I still think these are among the best pictures ever taken of her and she said so as well recently,” the Daily Mail quoted Watson as saying.
The print, sold at Bonhams in London to an anonymous UK private buyer, is one of a limited edition of ten.
It was put up for sale by an unnamed seller with an estimate of 12,000 to 18,000 pounds.
Another edition of four prints of the same photo but in a larger size also exists, and one of those sold for 54,000 pounds four years ago.
Two other photographs of (a fully clothed) Miss Moss, auctioned in two separate lots at the same sale, were each bought for 2,750 pounds.
One shows her with her eyes shut and was taken by the late Corinne Day for The Face magazine in 1991 for a feature entitled ‘Heaven is Real’.
The other, by Mario Testino in 2005, shows her sitting in a café wearing a tie.