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Annie Leibovitz's striking, controversial images are icons of pop culture. A very pregnant, very naked Demi Moore. A very naked John Lennon hugging Yoko Ono. A nearly naked Miley Cyrus. Is there another photographer who can rival her as a cultural chronicler?

So it's disturbing that her artwork, frequently featured in Vanity Fair magazine, is being batted about by lawyers in a loan dispute. According to news reports, Leibovitz put up the rights to thousands of photographs (and three magnificant homes) in return for a $24 million loan from Art Capital Group. The lender sued her in July, claiming she had breached their agreement. Yesterday, a deadline in the dispute, both sides were said to be working on a potential settlement.

Let's hope they can find some middle ground, to keep her images from ending up in an auction house.

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