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French weekly commissioned 'topless' snaps: photographer

Published on Sep 21, 2012 9:00 PM

PARIS (AFP) - French glossy Closer commissioned an Irish photographer to take the topless shots of Prince William's wife Catherine and can make a fortune selling them, celebrity photographer Pascal Rostain said on Friday.

Mr Rostain, who has several scoops to his credit, told AFP that when a magazine "commissions a photographer or an agency ... the price is fixed in advance, it can be 1,000 euros (S$1,590) for every working day plus expenses and a few thousand euros for the snaps."

Mr Roussin said if they had not been commissioned they could have been offered by the photographer to different celebrity magazines and sold "for a few hundred thousand euros." About the identity of the snapper, he said: "In our small paparazzi world, we know who it is but obviously don't say anything.

"I can just say it is an Irish national who lives in the south of France," he said of the photographer, dubbed by one British tabloid daily 'Le Rat'."

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