Semi-nude Salvini pics auctioned on eBay

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Photos showing far-right Northern League leader Matteo Salvini posing half-naked for a gossip magazine have been put up for auction on the online auction website eBay, with the proceeds going to an anti-abortion organization and a cancer charity.

The photos, which were published earlier this month as part of an interview with the gossip magazine Oggi, include one from the magazine’s front cover showing the far-right leader posing bare-chested under a duvet wearing a green tie, a symbol of the party. 

A total of five of the photos are up for grabs on the website. Lucky bidders will get a signed photo with a personal message from Salvini himself.

On Monday afternoon one of the photos, showing a bare-chested Salvini looking at his reflection in a bathroom cabinet as he adjusts his green tie, had already attracted 49 bids, the highest being for €150.

Bidding ends on December 19th and all the money will be donated to an anti-abortion organization and a cancer charity for women, Corriere della Sera said.

In the interview with Oggi, entitled ‘Would you trust this man with Italy?’ Salvini denied that the Northern League, which is wooing recession-weary voters in Italy on an anti-immigration, anti-euro and overtly anti-Muslim platform, is courting Russia for funding.

“We have not received even a euro,” he told Oggi.

“Our relationship is political, cultural and commercial. Together with Lombardy-Russia, our focus is the interests of farmers and Italian exporters in crisis.”

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Comparing himself to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi the far-right leader said: "On TV he's better than me, he's got the spin doctors behind him. I don't."

He also spoke of his private life. “I’m a grump,” he told the magazine. I don’t have bursts like going to Paris with an engagement ring. That’s not my best side. Since I was a young man I would make long car trips as a surprise, but in 90 percent of cases I crash and burn.”  

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