August 1, 2008 / 6:18 PM / 10 years ago

People, Hello! buy first photos of Jolie-Pitt twins

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The first pictures of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s newborn twins have been sold to entertainment news magazines People and Hello!, with all proceeds going to charity.

Voice actor Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt arrive for the screening of the animated film "Kung Fu Panda" by directors Mark Osborne and John Stevenson at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 15, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Getty Images said on Friday it had done an exclusive photo shoot of the twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, with Jolie, Pitt and the couple’s four other children, Maddox, Zahara, Pax and Shiloh — three of whom are adopted.

Getty did not disclose the amount paid by the magazines for the photo rights but some news media reported it was about $11 million. An industry source said that figure was higher than the amount paid by both People and Hello!

“The Jolie-Pitt family and Getty Images have agreed that all proceeds will be used for charitable purposes,” the agency said in a statement.

It said the photos will be published on Monday in People in North America and in Hello! elsewhere.

Oscar winner Jolie, 33, gave birth to the twins on July 12 in Nice, France. The family has rented a villa in nearby Provence.

Jolie and Pitt, 44, are one of Hollywood’s most glamorous couples, dubbed “Brangelina” by the celebrity press, and the birth of their twins was the subject of obsessive media coverage.

People magazine reportedly paid $4 million in June 2006 for North American rights to pictures of Jolie and Pitt’s first biological child, Shiloh, although industry sources said that figure was wildly inaccurate.

The couple donated the money from the photos of Shiloh, who was born in Namibia, to charities helping African children.

“We’re thrilled to be able to feature these pictures in People. They will delight our readers who have followed the growth of the Jolie-Pitt family,” Larry Hackett, managing editor of People, said in a statement.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by John O'Callaghan

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