To be an iconoclastic photographer, a person needs sensitivity, creativity and ideally a taste for the wild side of life. But not, apparently, a shred of financial acumen: Like Annie Leibovitz, who recently pawned the rights to her work past and future in order to pay her numerous mortgages, Nan Goldin is suffering from some cash problems, as in she's spent it all. "I don't know how I did that," she tells a reporter. "I made a lot of money but I spent it on all this stuff."
She's talking about the kitschy and historical collectibles that fill both her New York and Paris apartments, and it's a bunch of the latter which is going on sale at Christie's in Paris tomorrow. In the market for some Italian reliquaries, 19th-century sculpted ivories, skulls, Virgin Mary figurines or rococo polychrome pieces? Or perhaps a photo of Goldin's drag queen friend Bea? Estimates for most lots are in the few thousand dollar range, although the item she found hardest to let go of, the world's only Siamese-twin stuffed lamb, is priced a little higher. And yes, it is just as creepy as it sounds.