Lee Friedlander Madonna photographs
Lee Friedlander Madonna photographs were a series of photographs of the future pop star taken by the US photographer in 1979. History
Then an unknown dancer living in New York, Madonna answered a classified advertisement from Friedlander seeking models to photograph.
Friedlander was a student at the time of the shoot and Madonna is said to have received just $25 to pose for the photographs.
The collection later appeared in Playboy in 1985 following Madonna’s rise to fame, with the magazine paying in the region of $500,000 for the rights.
Notable sales of Lee Friedlander Madonna photographs
A work from the collection, Nude (Madonna), 1979, sold at a Christie’s New York auction for $37,500 in February 2009, against a $15,000 high end estimate.
Another Madonna photograph by Friedlander, believed to have been taken during the same shoot, sold for $7,170 at Christie’s in December 2003.