published Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Christie’s to sell collection of Kate Moss images

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    This image made available by Christie's auction house shows an image of British model Kate Moss, "Kate," 2007 by Chuck Close.
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Few people have been photographed more often than Kate Moss, and some of the most famous images of the supermodel are going under the hammer at a Christie’s auction this fall.

The sale, announced Wednesday, includes a shot of Moss encased in bronze glitter by Allen Jones and images by well-known photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, Mario Testino, Sam Taylor-Wood and Irving Penn.

The works, collectively valued at about $1.52 million, have been assembled by German collector Gert Elfering. He called Moss a “living icon.”

“Kate is the ultimate modern muse and we will be seeing her images in major museums and private collections for years to come,” he says.

Moss has been a star since she was discovered as a teenager in the late 1980s. Her waif-like looks took fashion by storm, though she has also been criticized for her association with the super-skinny style known as “heroin chic.”

Now 39, Moss remains among the world’s best-known and best-paid models. Christie’s director of photographs Philippe Garner says she was “the greatest icon of style of the modern age.”

Lots up for auction include a 1992 image of Moss nude on a couch by Mario Sorrenti, valued at $45,000 to $75,000.

There’s also a 2002 image by Craig McDean of Moss wearing a jacket and reading “God Save the Queen,” with an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000, and a 3-D hologram image on a lightbox by Chris Levine estimated at between 1$152,000 and $227,000.

In addition to photographs, the sale includes a Peter Blake collage, a Jacquard tapestry by Chuck Close and — a must for every living room — an 18-carat gold sculpture of Moss as a naked angel by Nick Knight.

The works will be sold at Christie’s in London on Sept. 25.

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