We’re used to hearing about celebrities purchasing extravagant things (remember Kelly Osbourne’s $250,000 Manicure?) but this latest story of Kate Moss’s million dollar tattoo blew our minds. Still, there’s an interesting story behind it.
You see, Moss didn’t necessarily pay $1.6 million for her tattoo, the body art is simply valued at that amount based on who designed it.
Vanity Fair Magazine recently interviewed the rail-thin supermodel who spilled on her insecurities (her boobs) what she’s worth ($400,000 for working a day), and how the tattoo on her lower back was a design drawn by German-born British painter Lucian Freud, which makes the value of it approximately $1.6 million.
Moss reveals how she met the legendary painter back in 2002 when she was pregnant with her daughter Lila. Freud’s daughter Bella called Moss to invite her over to her father’s house for dinner and he started painting a portrait of Moss that night.
Moss was heavily pregnant, nude, and posing against a pillow. Freud called the painting “Naked Portrait 2002,” and it became one of his most well-know pieces of work, selling for $6.25 million in 2005.
The two stayed friends and the artist told Moss he used to do tattoos for sailors when he was in the Navy. Moss agreed to let him do a flock of birds on her lower back, and she now sees the tattoo as a reminder of her dear friend who passed away in July 2011.
Moss jokingly told Vanity Fair, “I mean, it’s an original Lucian Freud. I wonder how much a collector would pay for that? A few million? I’d skin-graft it.”
Ouch, sounds painful. We recommend she keeps it and lets the value increase instead!