Record $4 million bid scoops Angelina Jolie’s baby pictures
As many predicted, People Magazine has secured the exclusive rights to the first pictures of Shiloh, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s baby. The price? According to the NY Post it exceeds $4 million, which would set a new record for celebrity baby pictures.
The money however will go, the new parents have promised, to children’s charities. The sale, according to The Post, involved a long week-end of negotiating. The pictures were taken by the Getty Agency, who summoned various picture editors to their New York offices. Reported one picture editor: “We were sequestered in separate offices. The photos were shown to us around 10 pm to midnight and then we had to submit bids by 6 am Sunday morning.
No-one got any sleep. It was a manic game of phone tag.”
What made it even sweatier was the offices, the bidders reported, were not air conditioned and it was a hot sultry weekend in New York.
The photographs taken in Namibia, where the baby was born last week, and rushed to New York are described as “very intimate, casual and not Hollywood glitz”. The pictures will, it is expected, be on the cover of a special celebrity baby issue which People magazine is rushing out this coming week. It will include pictures of other celebrities’ babies born lately.
People is predicting it will sell at least a million copies. The charities that will benefit from the auction of the pictures have not been identified but are expected to be charities devoted to children’s welfare. In a statement after the sale was over Brad Pitt and his wife said; “While we celebrate the joy of the birth of our daughter we recognize that two million babies born every year in the developing world die the first day of their lives.” These children, the statement went on, could be saved but only if governments around the world make it a priority.