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Expensive painting of Kate Moss



Published: Fri, February 11, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



LONDON (AP) -- Lucian Freud's painting of a naked and pregnant Kate Moss was sold at auction Wednesday for $7.29 million, and another Freud painting went for even more -- a record for the artist.

Christie's auction house said an anonymous telephone bidder bought the picture of the model, "Naked Portrait 2002," the centerpiece of its sale of postwar and contemporary art, for slightly more than its pre-sale estimate.

Another Freud painting, "Red Haired Man on a Chair," sold for $7.71 million, a record price for the artist at auction.

About 600 people packed the Christie's salesroom and spilled into an adjoining room, where some watched the fierce bidding on a television screen.

Sold by an anonymous private collector, the Moss picture shows the model pregnant with daughter Lila Grace, who is now 2.




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