Acclaimed actor and playwright Steven Berkoff has slammed SIR ELTON JOHN - calling him an "aesthetic anorexic".

Berkoff was among interested parties at London's SOTHEBY's auction house, where pop legend Elton - who was not present - was getting rid of the contents of one of his London homes.

The OCTOPUSSY actor was spotted lurking among Elton's bronze NAPOLEON busts and leopard-print furniture when he sniped, "The Elizabethan paintings are wonderful but the rest is ghastly.

"The eclectic taste has such a bourgeois sensibility to it. I don't collect things to vomit them out again like an aesthetic anorexic.

"Everything I have is to keep."

24/09/2003 21:09