Kate Moss auction pictures show how life with Pete has taken away her looks

Back in 1990 Kate Moss was one of the country’s true beauties – as this stunning previously unseen photograph shos which is going under the hammer.

It is in stark contrast to more recent snaps of Kate, looking haggard and drawn since getting together with junkie Pete Doherty.

Eerily some of the pictures up for sale at auction house Christie’s were infamous for kickstarting what became known as the ‘heroin chic’ look.

“Kate Taken In Croydon” (1990)

“Kate Taken in Croydon”, by Corinne Day

Taken at a quarry in her home town of Croydon the unseen picture of the model aged just 16 was taken by photographer Corinne Day two years after Moss was discovered at JFK airport at the age of 14.

“Kate Taken In Croydon” (1990) is being sold by a friend of the model, and is expected to fetch £6,000.

Day’s famous image of “Kate At Home”, taken for their first Vogue collaboration in 1993 and showing the then 19-year-old dressed in pants and pink vest and surrounded by fairy lights, is expected to sell for £7,000.

The Vogue photographs moved grunge into the mainstream and were infamous for kickstarting what was known as the “heroin chic” look.

Two naked portraits of Moss include a 1996 platinum print by Irving Penn, expected to sell for about £22,000, and Albert Watson‘s giant two-metres-square image of a naked Moss (£15,000).

A complete set of six prints of Moss without make-up, by Chuck Close, could be snapped up for between £15,000 and £20,000.

Christie’s London head of photographs Yuka Yamaji said: “Kate Moss is a cultural icon and arguably the most influential model of our day.

“Discovered at the age of 14, Kate has been captured by master photographers the world over and we are delighted to be offering a number of images of the supermodel, including an early never-before-seen shot of Kate at a quarry in Croydon, taken by Corinne Day”.

(Source: thisislondon.co.uk)

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~ by addicted2b3 on April 18, 2007.

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