Madonna's nude extravaganza

The material girl went bare for a shoot in her youth. Now the photos have surfaced and the bidding war has begun.

A nude photo of Madonna, taken in 1979, will be auctioned on February 12 at Christie's auctioneers in New York, the Associated Press reports.

As a struggling artist in 1979, Madonna responded to a newspaper advertisement seeking a nude model and agreed to pose for $25 (R250). The explicit black-and-white image is expected to fetch more than $10 000 (R 103 300).

The photographer, Lee Friedlander, sold five of Madonna's nude photos to Playboy. He said Madonna "seemed very confident, a streetwise girl. She told me she was putting a band together but half the kids that age are doing that. She was a good professional model."

What about Madonna being au naturale? "For Friedlander it is a very typical way of taking pictures of a woman," said Matthieu Humery, head of Christie's photography department. "He likes very natural women. It reflects Friedlander's aesthetic."

Want a peek? Here’s the full monty. (Which means full nudity, folks, so don't click it if you're a young'un or sensitive viewer.)

- Runner's World magazine

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