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Jennifer Lopez sells baby pictures: Tacky or savvy?

February 23, 2008 |  9:08 pm

Ist2_2403102_cute_baby_holding_cash Psst. Wanna buy a baby? No, make it two. Reportedly, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have sold exclusive first look photos of their twins to People magazine and OK! for $6 million. If true, that's tacky.

Sure, the paparazzi would have stalked the couple's every move until theyAnthony_lopez240_2 got a shot of their kids -- so it makes sense to hand over the goods in return for some privacy. But if Lopez and Anthony don't give the money to charity, they may as well sell their twins at a yard sale in a few years. Pimping out your children for money is a shameless barter. Especially, when you make enough money to goldplate Bolivia. There's a great article in Advertising Age that breaks down the economics and which kids sell best on the covers.

Angelina Jolie-Pitt and her husband sold pictures of Shiloh to People for $4 million, but gave all of the proceeds away to good causes. They may be the only ones. Christina Aguilera sold her child's pictures for a reported $1.5 million; Nicole Richie received $1 million for shots of her baby. Down the road, tabloids will be clamoring for exclusive shots of the Hollywood baby brigade on its way. Jessica Alba, Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry will surely be offered cash for a cover shot.  Wouldn't it be great if all these rich mothers donated their money to organizations that help needy children?

Photo credits:; Kevin Mazur, WireImage