A photograph of pop star Britney Spears (pictured right) failed to find a buyer at an auction in London this afternoon.

The news comes just weeks before Spears launches her ‘comeback’ album, on 2 December.

The image of a fresh-faced Britney Spears, aged 17, had been expected to sell for £15,000-20,000.

It was captured by photographer David LaChapelle for Rolling Stone magazine in 1999.

Kate Moss out-performed Spears in the auction at Christie’s, King Street.

An ‘oversized’ crouching nude of Moss, shot in 1993 by Albert Watson, sold for £16,250.

Last year Britney Spears used her website to publicly apologise for attacking a paparazzi photographer’s car with an umbrella.

Picture credits: Christie’s Images Ltd 2008

Britney Spears photo

Picture below: A Kate Moss photo by Albert Watson fetched over £16,000

Kate Moss photo