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Andre Agassi shows nude photo of Steffi Graf for charity -- or does he?

January 18, 2011 | 10:51 am

Agassi1_300 Andre Agassi is quite a salesman. Using a rather unorthodox sales technique, the former tennis great managed to get $7,000 for a porcelain plate at a charity auction earlier this month in Taiwan.

“You pay more than $4,000, and I will show you a picture of my wife — on my phone — naked,” Agassi told the crowd.

True to his word, Agassi gave highest bidder Franz Chen a peek at a photo on his phone while on stage at the auction.

Chen said Tuesday that the picture showed the naked back of a blond woman who may or may not have been Agassi's wife, Steffi Graf.

“I couldn't see her face,” said Chen, 60, whose company, Franz Collection Inc., supplied the plate used in the auction. “But she did have a pretty good figure, and it was a very artistic photo.”

Agassi2_300 Chen said the identity of the woman in the photo did not come up when he spoke with Agassi the following day at an exhibition match Agassi was playing against Marat Safin.

“I only complimented Agassi on the beauty of his wife,” Chen said. “He was very happy to hear the compliment.”

-- Chuck Schilken


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Top photo: Franz Chen, left, and Andre Agassi. Credit: Franz Collection Inc. / Associated Press

Bottom photo: Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi in 2009. Credit: Alastair Grant / Associated Press