MADONNA: I AM HAVING A FAG
An 'absolutely stunning' photograph of Madonna posing naked on a bed while smoking a cigarette has sold for nearly £15,000.
The sum is three times the estimate placed on the image that was taken in 1990 during the period when the singer had bleach-blonde hair and dark eye make-up.
It is a black and white photo and Madonna has her breasts exposed and just a white sheet covering her pudenda while she lies on a bed.
She is holding a cigarette to her pouting lips and has adopted a sexy, sultry pose. During the year it was taken the star went on her 'Blond Ambition Tour.'
The performer said at the time, when she was aged about 31: 'I know that I'm not the best singer and I know that I'm not the best dancer.
'But, I can fucking push people's buttons and be as provocative as I want. The tour's goal is to break useless taboos.'
The photograph was taken by Steven Meisel and was signed and annotated 'ed no.1'. It was snapped up by an anonymous collector.
It measured 21.5 inches by 19 inches and was originally bought by the vendor from a New York gallery.
The photograph, which was taken by the same photographer who did the work for Madonna's 1992 book 'Sex', was sold by Bonhams in New York.
Judith Eurich from the saleroom said: 'It is an absolutely stunning image and it is just a beautiful tone of grey. It is not just black and white it is grey and silvery.
'Madonna was posing for a number of photographers at the time this was taken in the 1990s when she was in her early 30s.
'She was going through a phase of having bleach blonde hair and heavy dark eye make-up that gave her a dramatic look - and of course she has a gorgeous body.
'She is a very healthy person and I'd imagine the cigarette is just a prop to make her look sexy and sultry.'
The price paid was $23,750 or £14,761.