Anna and Howard's Wedding Windfall

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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$WEETHEART DEAL Smith and Stern Personal tragedy evidently hasn't dulled Anna Nicole Smith's instinct for making a quick buck. A well-placed source in the celebrity magazine market says People paid Getty Images close to $1 million for photos of Smith's "wedding" to her attorney/spokesman Howard K. Stern.

According to the source, Smith and Stern did not actually get married, as a report on Star magazine's website claimed, but merely held a commitment ceremony. "They clearly staged this as a money-making thing," adds the source. "They just decided to create another photo op." So why did People buy in? Perhaps because it got beat on the newsstand the previous week by In Touch, which shelled out a reported $400,000 for the last photos of Smith's son Daniel. Shower anyone?

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