Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon are, at long last, ready for their closeups. Their outlandishly overpriced, highly anticipated, paparazzi-thwarting closeups.
As has been long expected, the deep pockets over at People magazine won the bidding war for the U.S. and Canadian rights to the twins' first photoshoot, with Hello! magazine snagging the international exclusive.
Though there's no official word on how much the publications shelled out to show the world Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's genetically blessed double act—or whether the newborns can out-cute big sis Shiloh's People debut—reports have placed the camera coup at $14 million.
For those keeping score at home, that's more than double the $6 million People shelled out for the exclusive for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's twins, Max and Emme.
The Jolie-Pitts have already made clear, however, that all the money from the photos will be donated to charity.
The twins, not yet one month old having entered the world to much fanfare on July 12, will make their cover debuts on both People and Hello! on Monday.
In an unnecessary attempt to generate more interest in the issue, People will debut the cover shot online Sunday night at 7 p.m. EST.
Let the countdown begin.
(Originally published Aug. 1, 2008, at 8:15 a.m. PT.)