By Kate Torgovnick
Kate Moss believes that her tramp stamp, err, lower back tattoo is worth millions. Why so expensive? Because the tatt was inked by painter Lucian Freud.
In 2002, Moss said in an interview that Freud was the person in the world she would most like to meet. Soon after, his daughter Bella Freud called up Moss to broker a chance for the two to meet.
As Moss explains, “[He] told me about when he was in the navy, when he was 19 or something, and he used to do all of the tattoos for the sailors. And I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s amazing.’ And he went, ‘I can do you one. What would you like? Would you like creatures of the animal kingdom?’ I said, ‘I like birds.’ And he said, ‘I’ve done birds. I’ve got it in my book.’”
In the end, Moss opted for two swallows. And, should her career tank, the two birds are her backup plan.
“I mean, it’s an original Freud. I wonder how much a collector would pay for that? A few million?” she says in her Vanity Fair cover story, reports the Huffington Post. “If it all goes horribly wrong I could get a skin graft and sell it! It’s probably the only one on skin that’s still around, because when he was in the navy he was about 19. Can you imagine?”