A nude photograph of Kate Moss has been unveiled ahead of its sale next month when it is expected to fetch up to $40,000.

Shot in 1996 by photographer Irving Penn, the image of the supermodel is among 135 lots from an archive that includes a 1959 picture of Brigitte Bardot captured by Richard Avedon.

The collection will go on sale at Christie?s in New York on 10 April.

The auction is expected to raise up to $3m.

Kate Moss photo

Picture credit: Christie?s Images Ltd 2008