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Tomorrow, Christie’s is auctioning off the private collection of Gert Elferling, a collector who has apparently spent the last few decades compiling erotic shots of some of the most beautiful women in the world. The auction contains lots of familiar faces and it’s already making waves for more than a few of our favorite people.

Notably, our boy Sarkozy is facing some embarrassment from the British press as the auction features a nude shot from Ms. Bruni’s wilder years and coincides with his first Bruni-assisted visit to the UK.

Our friends at UrbanDaddy highlighted this Richard Avedon shot of Lauren Hutton that may well be the pick of the litter, but we’re also partial to Irving Penn’s Cigarette and Lips, described by Christie’s as a subtle rebellion from the feminine image of 1960’s *Vogue*.

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There’s also a strong selection of Helmut Newton, including this bizarre nude that stands in fairly well for Newton’s entire body of work. It may not have made it into any magazines, but it’s probably appeared in as many dreams as any other photograph we could name.

—R.B.

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