Tuesday, June 20, 2006

More on Celebrity Baby Photos

I found this chart in US Weekly this week: (Who knew US Weekly actually had facts in it?)

Celebrity Couple
Photo Sale Price
Date of Birth
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
$4.1 million
May 27, 2006
Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas
August 8, 2000
Britney Spears & Kevin Federline
Sean Preston
September 14, 2005
Julia Robert & Danny Moder
Hazel & Phinnaeus
November 28, 2004
Gweyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin
May 14, 2004

There are two outliers here, as Dylan Douglas is an outlier in time (August of 2000) which is really early on and seems to be above their relative celebirty/paparazzi interest level. Though it is apparently not, since their wedding photos sold for $1.6 million. This list is obviously not complete, so I wonder if their relationship more or less coincided with the start of this excess. (I know picture of Princess Di and Dodi Fayed were going for huge amounts before their deaths in 1997, but I don't remember anything about high priced photos of Paula Abdul and Emilo Estevez...) The other outlier, of course, is the "Brangelina" baby, whose sale price is unprecedented.

My good friend Bryce has posted about the absurdity of the celebrity photo market in the past, and the actions taken by Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie essentially follow his recommendations. They stayed secluded to ensure no access by paparazzi, took their own pictures, and sold them to the highest bidder. As a result, they raised millions of dollars (for charity) and greatly damaged the market for pictures of them and their baby. Of course, pictures of them are still valuable, but far less so than they would be if they hadn't released the pictures of Shiloh, and probably not much more so than the level to which they are accustomed.


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