Six photographs of nude supermodel Kate Moss, printed from daguerreotypes, fetched more than four times their top pre-sale estimate at Christie’s auction in London.

The portraits – captured by US photographer Chuck Close – sold for £84,000. They had been expected to fetch up to around £20,000.

The pictures first appeared in an American fashion magazine in 2003.

After the shoot the model reportedly told the photographer: ‘She wore no makeup; she hadn’t combed her hair and she never even glanced in the mirror? ‘I’ve had enough pretty pictures made of me’.

Meanwhile, Corrine Day’s image, ‘Kate at Home’, sold for £6,600 and a photograph by Albert Watson measuring 96x72in bowed out for £54,000.

An Irving Penn platinum print, called ‘Kate Moss (Hand on Neck)’ went under the hammer for £38,400.

In total the auction raised £183,000.

‘The prices achieved at Christie’s for the images of Kate Moss – which have been taken by some of the world’s foremost photographers – prove her status as a cultural icon and arguably the most influential model of our day,’ said Yuku Yamaji, Head of Photographs at Christie’s in London.

Picture credit: Christie’s Images Ltd

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