The Kate Middleton baby bump bikini photos were the money shot -- so just how much did they sell for? According to a Feb. 13 report by Daily Mail the first pictures of Kate's baby bump sold for more than $155,000 in the US, France, and Germany. While it's far less than original estimates that the photos could sell for $400,000 around the world, they still commanded an intense bidding war sources reveal.
The photos were first published by Italy's Chi Magazine and the US tabloid, Star, quickly followed today (Wednesday). It's not known exactly how much each magazine paid for the exclusive rights to publish them in their country.
As Examiner.com previously reported, sources claim the photos of Kate's baby bump were taken by another tourist on the beach in Mustique -- not a looming paparazzi. Still, that hasn't softened the blow for the royal couple or the Palace which calls the release of the photos a "disappointing" invasion of the Duke and Duchess' privacy.
Several magazine editors have defended their decision to publish the controversial pictures saying the royal baby bump photos are a totally different case than the topless pictures of Prince William's wife. Woman's Day editor, Fiona Connolly, points out the couple is on a public beach and not in a private residence. "There is no photographer hiding in the bushes and she is not inside a private villa," she said referring to the topless pictures of Kate which were snapped from half a mile away while she sunbathed at a private French chateau in September 2012.
It's not expected any British newspapers or magazines will publish Kate's baby bump photos -- many are even blacking them out on the covers of other publications.