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Top 5: Fine Art from the Playboy Archives

Specialist picks from the Icons: Playboy, Hugh Hefner, and Marilyn Monroe auction...

April 4, 2024

A selection of fine art from the Playboy Archives being sold in the Icons: Playboy, Hugh Hefner, and Marilyn Monroe auction on March 28.

LeRoy Neiman (American, 1921-2012) original oil on canvas painting titled, "Romanoffs," 1959, signed lower right and labeled on the verso

This painting appears on page 63 of the June 1959 issue of Playboy magazine, as part of the recurring "Man at His Leisure" series, the artwork overlaying a partial image from the menu at Romanoff's in Hollywood.

Robert Branham (American, 1926-2012) original pen and watercolor on illustration board architectural rendering of Playboy's Weekend Hideaway.

This illustration appeared on page 65 of the October 1956 issue of Playboy magazine for the article "Playboy's Penthouse Apartment," with the caption "A second look at a high, handsome haven--pre-planned and furnished for the bachelor in town."

Patrick Nagel (American, 1945-1984) original ink and gouache on illustration board drawing of a seated woman with her legs bound.

A label on the verso reads "Done for Playboy magazine...Unused."

Alberto Vargas (Peruvian/American, 1896-1982) original signed watercolor and pencil drawing on illustration board, appearing in the May 1968 issue of Playboy magazine on p. 140, with the caption, "I don't mind if a man loves me and leaves me--as long as he leaves me enough."

Syd Mead (American, 1933-2019) watercolor and gouache drawing appearing in the May 1970 issue of Playboy Magazine on pp. 142-143, illustrating an article titled "The New Urban Car," and captioned," An imaginatively utile alternative to today's space-gobbling, pollution-belching personal vehicles."

The New York Times' obituary of Mead reads," In a wide-ranging career, he designed cars, restaurants and, most notably, the otherworldly look of science-fiction Blade Runner, Tron, and Aliens."

Hugh Heffner's red smoking jacket and black silk pajamas



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