Nude Madonna pic on auction
A nude photograph of Madonna is expected to sell for thousands at auction.
The picture was taken for the singer's controversial 1992 book Sex – in which she posed for a series of X-rated photographs – but was never used.
The snap, taken by photographer Steven Meisel, shows a topless 32-year-old Madonna reclining in bed while smoking a cigarette, and will go under the hammer at Bonhams' in New York next month for an expected £5000.
Madonna has previously claimed she has never been able to put the subject matter of the book behind her.
The 53-year-old superstar said: "I hope that's not the only thing that I'm identified with - taking my clothes off. I have done other things. There's a lot more to Madonna than taking your clothes off."
But she has admitted that the tome was part of her "development" as an artist.
She said: "When I published Sex, that was a subject that I was interested in exploring. And to me they're both reflections of who I was and who I am now. It's a, you know, kind of development of me."