December 17, 1998 12:00 AM

A fashion photographer, hoping to cash in on would-be parents’ wishes for a beautiful baby, is offering the eggs of eight models in an on-line auction set to start today. Infertility groups have expressed disgust at the offer, saying it turns human life into a commodity. But Cambridge, Mass.-based photographer Ron Harris says his offer is a reflection of American society, where beauty can be purchased by the highest bidder (who, as it happens, would be benefiting Harris financially). The website has pictures of eight models who are offering their eggs for sale. The bids start at $15,000 and can go as high as $150,000. Harris said the site had already received a serious bid of $42,000.

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