5 Hottest Pieces from Next Month’s Playboy Collection Auction

11/09/2010 3:39 PM |

Playboy auction at Christies

On December 8, 125 works from the collection of Chicago-based adult magazine Playboy will go on sale at an auction with Christie’s in New York. The sale, dubbed “The Year of the Rabbit,” includes pieces from Hugh Hefner’s bedroom walls, and tallies 80 photographs, 24 cartoons and 21 modern and contemporary artworks. Some steamy selections, and a few not terribly modest thoughts on the collection and Playboy‘s role in changing the course of Modern art from the Heffer himself, after the jump.

Tom Wesselmann’s Dali-esque “Mouth #8” (1967)

Tom Wesselmann Mouth #8

Salvador Dali’s Manet-esque “Playmate After Rokeby Venus” (1966), from “The Playmate as Fine Art” feature of January 1967

Dali Playboy

A 1953 portrait of Marilyn Monroe riding in the back of a convertible. The background was cropped out when the image appeared on the cover of the first issue of the magazine.

Monroe on a car

Stephen Wayda’s 1993 portrait of famous Canadians Pamela Anderson and Dan Aykroyd; sexy because coneheads are phallic.

Dan Akroyd and Pamela Anderson in Playboy

Herb Davidson’s portrait of Hefner, not sexy in the typical Playboy manner, more so in that “handsome man smoking a pipe” manner.

Herb Davidson portrait of Hugh Heffner

This makes me really curious about the Hustler art collection—which I suspect doesn’t exist. But if it did, it would definitely be full of Nan Goldin, Carolee Schneemann, Alvin Baltrop and so forth. A much more interesting auction, really.