The buzz at big photo auctions lately has been all about nude supermodels
. Perfectly understandable, of course, but how many times can you really stand to see Gisele naked
? (OK, no need to answer that). At Sotheby's latest photo sale in London on Tuesday, we're pleased to see some stunning images on offer which while short on supermodel cleavage nonetheless have plenty of appeal. Take for instance this portrait of the beautiful Brigitte Bardot
taken by Terry O'Neill 1971 with an estimate of $8,000 - $12,000. Not one of the more expensive items on offer, but worth every penny in our estimation.
Also included in the amazing auction is Helmut Newton
's 1975 photo of Elsa Peretti, est. $24,000 - $30,000, and his 1987 portrait of Jodie Foster, est. $14,000 - $18,000; Andy Warhol
's Polaroid of Muhammad Ali taken in 1977, est. $10,000 - $14,000; David Bailey
's 1969 double portrait of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, est. $20,000 - $30,000; and a recent print made from Bert Stern's famed Marilyn Monroe series (recently aped by
Lindsay Lohan), est. $6,000 - $8,000. See the gallery for more.