Liz Hurley’s classic Loaded image up for auction

Image of is one of several photographer John Stoddart captured of stars on the brink of fame.

Liz Hurley
SOLD The image which was used in the very first edition of Loaded in 1994. Image John Stoddart

A photograph of an ambitious and lingerie-clad Liz Hurley, used as part of a photoshoot and interview in the first ever issue of Loaded in May 1994, is up for auction.

The picture is part of an auction which will offer up celebrity photographer John Stoddard’s selection of work spanning a 30 year career.

The image was also used as a cover for Loaded’s 100 Covers Millennium Special in 2000.

During the no holds barred interview in 1994, a then 27-year-old Hurley discussed Madonna trying it on with her then-boyfriend Hugh Grant, her desire to be a female Arnold Schwarzenegger and embracing nudity in film.

The image is expected to fetch up to £800 when the Catawiki auction ends on Friday afternoon. By Wednesday morning, bidding had already reached £415.

The auction also holds pictures of Daniel Craig, pre James Bond in 2003, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, photographed by Stoddart in Paris in 1988.

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Pre-Bond A brooding looking Daniel Craig. Image John Stoddart

Stoddart also managed to capture a young and lively Catherine Zeta-Jones cavorting on an unmade bed at The Dorchester Hotel before her move to Hollywood. The images were taken in 1991, when Zeta-Jones was just 22.

On the brink of fame
On the brink of fame Catherine Zeta-Jones was in good spirits. Image John Stoddart

Another part of the lot is an image of Tilda Swinton from 1986. Swinton, who was aged 26 at the time, would go on to win an Academy Award for her role in Michael Clayton.

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Before playing the white witch A young Tilda Swinton Image John Stoddart

Stoddart’s portrait of The Rolling Stones is tipped as one of the more valuable items in the lot, and is expected to be sold for up to £1510. However, bidding had only reached £85 on Wednesday.

The Rolling Stones
Painted black and white The Rolling Stones captured by Stoddart. Image John Stoddart

Stoddart is no stranger to celebrity fans either, with director Martin Scorsese and Elizabeth Hurley herself both proud owners of his works.

Catawiki auctioneer Jamie Beeden said they’re expecting a large amount of online bids for the images.

“John Stoddart is a renowned photographer who has been shooting some of the world’s most iconic faces from music, fashion and the silver screen for an unprecedented 30 years,” he said.

“This impressive collection of some of his most striking images, some expected to reach over £1,000, should attract a flurry of bids upon going live.”

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Loaded’s entertainment editor Jennifer O’Brien is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about popular culture as a national newspaper columnist and author. Follow her on Twitter at @Jen_OBrien1

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