Who says that only celebrities are raking in the moolah for the films/advertisements they do? Celeb children are equally in demand, which is why tabloids, showbiz magazines, and gossip websites are known to fork out millions of dollars just to get their hands on pictures of celebrities' newborns. To each his own, but several celebrities have not shied away from making money by selling exclusive pictures of their newborns. Reportedly, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who became parents to baby Saint a few weeks ago, have been offered $2 million for his exclusive snapshots. Speculations are rife that the couple might decline the offer but if they don't accept it, they will enter the club of Hollywood couples who have sold their baby's pictures for a huge sum. A lowdown on the most expensive celebrity baby photos:
Emme and Max: Pictures of Jennifer Lopez and her then husband Marc Anthony’s twins — Emme and Max — were sold for $6 million to a well-known entertainment magazine in 2008. In the magazine, the former couple gave the readers a sneak peek into their luxurious home and the nursery. Reportedly, the singer had earlier declared that money was no object when it came to decorating the nursery for the twins. Lopez had called upon the experts at Hollywood favourite baby boutique Petit Tresor for the house. For the nursery, the twins got Chelsea Sleigh cribs worth $1,390 each, while the parents had relaxing Glam Gliders worth $1,420 each. And when the twins needed changing, they had a Clara changing table, worth $1,780. Phew!
Clockwise from left: Angelina Jolie, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, Knox Leon, Brad Pitt, Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Nouvel, Pax Thien and Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt
Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt: Jolie confirmed that she was expecting twins with Brad Pitt while attending the Cannes Film Festival in March 2008. The twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, were born in July that year and needless to say, their first pictures were in demand. Reportedly, two celebrity magazines joined hands and paid the couple a staggering $14 million for them. All proceeds from the sales of the photos were donated to the Jolie-Pitt foundation.
Shiloh Nouvel: In 2006, the couple peddled pictures of their newborn Shiloh Nouvel for $4.1 million to a magazine. The two donated the sum to an African charity. Also, if reports are to be believed, another mag paid Jolie and Pitt an additional $3.5 million for the British rights to the pictorial. Pax Thien: That's not all, in 2007, the two adopted Pax Thien from an orphanage in Vietnam and received $2 million for his exclusive snaps. Apparently, pictures of Pax after adoption were sold to another publication for an undisclosed amount.
Max Liron Bratman: When the pop icon Christina Aguilera gave birth to her son, Max Liron Bratman, in 2008, people couldn't wait to get a glimpse of the baby. The singer and her then husband, Jordan Bratman, were paid $1.5 million for the exclusive photos of Max. Reportedly, the magazine featuring the mother-son duo on its cover sold over 1.3 million copies that month. The magazine even got a peek into Max's nursery.
Levi: A reputed magazine shelled out a whopping $3 million for the first photos of Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey and model Camila Alves's son, Levi. The trio featured on the magazine's cover in March 2008. Since then, the couple has had two more children — a son Livingston Alves McConaughey, and a daughter, Vida Alves McConaughey.
Honor Marie: After initially declining offers, Jessica Alba and hubby Cash Warren eventually gave in and sold pictures of their first-born daughter, Honor, for $1.5 million to a magazine. An adorable picture of Jessica holding her daughter was the cover of the mag's July 2008 issue.
While several celebrities made a quick buck from selling their baby's pictures, a few strayed clear of the trend:
Sarah Jessica Parker