15/12/2013 06:19 GMT | Updated 15/12/2013 06:19 GMT

David Cameron Wants Danish Prime Minister To Auction Their Selfie For Charity

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President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a selfie picture with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (C) next to US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on

When Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Danish prime minister, took a photograph of herself with Barack Obama and Cameron at the Nelson Mandela memorial service last week, many thought the move was in bad taste.

But now it appears that Cameron has intervened to ensure the picture is preserved for posterity.

Thorning-Schmidt was so embarrassed by the furore that she secretly pledged to destroy the image. But Cameron has pleaded with her to auction it for charity.

During a private conversation last week, Cameron suggested to Thorning-Schmidt that it could raise a substantial sum.