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Thursday, September 27, 2007

London (ANI): Sir Elton John has confirmed that he is the owner of the picture seized by police in a child porn inquiry. However, he insisted that the picture had been 'widely published and exhibited throughout the world" without objection.

The controversy began a couple of days ago when officers from Northumbria Police took the picture away after being called in by the management of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Tyneside, just hours before it was due to go on display.

On his official website, Sir Elton John says that this would not have been the first time that people would have seen the picture by Nan Goldin, which depicts two young girls playing together in front of a kitchen sink. One is skimpily dressed, the other is naked and lies beneath her, knees bent and legs splayed towards the camera. “The photograph entitled Klara and Edda belly-dancing (1998) is one of 149 images comprising the Thanksgiving installation by renowned US photographer Nan Goldin," Times Online quotes Sir Elton, as saying on his website.

“The photograph exists as part of the installation as a whole and has been widely published and exhibited throughout the world. It can be found in the monograph of Ms Goldin"s works entitled The Devil"s Playground, has been offered for sale at Sotheby"s New York in 2002 and 2004, and has previously been exhibited in Houston, London, Madrid, New York, Portugal, Warsaw and Zurich without any objections of which we are aware."

Honey Luard, of the White Cube where the Thanksgiving collection was first displayed in 1999, said: “The image would have been part of our show. To my memory there was no outcry at the time. Nobody objected to the picture. Nan Goldin is internationally acclaimed, a highly respected artist."

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