German supermodel Heidi Klum's famous long legs have been valued at more than $1.8 million (GBP1 million) by a jewellery specialist.

JOHN SOUGLIDES from auction house PHILLIPS DE PURY + COMPANY assessed the Victoria's Secret beauty's legs using the principles of jewellery evaluation - length, shape, rarity and commercial value - so the 31-year-old's pins can be insured for the duration of her adverts for BRAUN's latest hair removal product.

Souglides says, "Having valued static objects for 15 years, it makes a refreshing change to be asked to value something living. And I certainly admired the exquisite lines of this piece.

"Phillips De Pury has been in the valuation business since 1796. Although we have valued some unusual and unique pieces in that time, this is the first time we have ever been asked to value a body part and we were intrigued by the challenge Braun set us."

06/09/2004 21:07