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Heidi Klum has been transformed into 1,000 little pieces in Editions Ricordi’s newest limited-edition puzzle, Couture Banquet. The puzzle features a stunning photo of the supermodel captured by ‘Fashion and Celebrity’ Photographer Ruven Afanador.

The “Couture Banquet” image shows a colorful, courtly feast scene. Certain elements in the artwork’s background, such as the skull and eggs, symbolize a ritual ceremony. Amid the explosion of colors, there is an alluring Heidi Klum portraying multiple archetypes of femininity – a moody mistress, seductive vamp, and modern witch. The magic and mystery of a woman trapped by an eccentric outer world has been a main topic of Ruven Afanador’s photography art.

Ruven Afanador, known as the most internationally successful Colombian conceptual photographer, started his career in Milan in 1987 and won the award for Best Photographer of the Year in Paris in 2001 for his unique mastery of imagery and composition. He has been publishing and showcasing his artwork in major fashion magazines, galleries, and museums around the world, such as Throckmorton Fine Art, Forma, and FotoMuseo. He is also the author of the acclaimed art books ‘Torero’ (Stemmle, 2001), ‘Sombra’ (Merrell, 2004), ‘Seven’ (Fuzzi, 2006), and the recent publication ‘Mil Besos’ (Rizzoli Int, 2009). Now, Ruven Afanador explores a new amusing way of approaching his art via the jigsaw puzzle.

The puzzle is released by Editions Ricordi, a worldwide leader in Fine Art publishing. As part of a limited edition of only 1000 masterpieces, each puzzle is numbered and signed personally by Ruven Afanador. The puzzle is wrapped in a luxurious silk bag inside a hand-made wooden box with a red velvet interior. The puzzle measures at a stunning 70×100 cm (24×36 inch) and is apt to be framed. Its jumbo size pieces are printed on high-quality art paper with a velvet back side, which are enhanced by the golden glitter dust that covers Heidi Klum’s beautiful dress.

Just in time for the holidays, the puzzle comes in a silk bag and handmade wooden box with a red velvet interior, and retails for $490.

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