When the Lucian Freud portrait of a pregnant Kate Moss sold at auction in 2005 for £3.9 million, a line was drawn in the art-world sand: Moss was confirmed as the creative muse for her generation. Alongside Freud, a raft of international contemporary artists and photographers – from Marc Quinn to Mario Testino – have sought her out as a subject. She is a patient collaborator. In the case of Freud’s painting in 2002, she sat for the artist for nine months. Enduring, committed and compelling – she has proved the perfect artist’s muse.
This month, Christie’s in London is holding an auction of Moss artworks. It is in association with world-renowned curator Gert Elfering, who is himself a collector of art featuring Moss. There will be 58 works in the landmark event, including photography, sculpture and specially commissioned
The diversity of the work displays the myriad appeal of Moss and reveals how some of the