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Photos: Iconic "Playboy" Images Fetch $2.9 Million

December 10, 2010 /PN/ The sale of part of Playboy's substantial art archive took place Wednesday night at Christie's New York on December 8 in an auction titled "The Year of the Rabbit."

Wednesday's sale included 80 photos and 24 cartoons. Nearly all the items in the sale have appeared in the publication, a cultural icon that helped liberate American sexual mores.

One of the top draws was the iconic Mouth No 8, an oil of a scarlet-lipstick mouth by pop artist Tom Wesselmann. It sold for US$1.87 million.

Wednesday's sale marked the second time Christie's has sold items from Playboy. On its 50th anniversary in 2003, Christie's offered memorabilia and ephemera from Playboy's collection.

Brigitte Bardot, cover, March 1958. Photographer unknown

Stephanie Seymour, March 1991. Herb Ritts

Stephanie Seymour, March 1991. Herb Ritts

Stephanie Seymour, March 1991. Herb Ritts

Marilyn Monroe, 'Marilyn Monroe Remembered', January 1964. Lawrence Schiller and William Woodfield

Marilyn Monroe, 'Marilyn Monroe Remembered', January 1964. Lawrence Schiller and William Woodfield

Marilyn Monroe, 'Marilyn Monroe Remembered', January 1964. Lawrence Schiller and William Woodfield

Marilyn Monroe, 'Marilyn Monroe Remembered', January 1964. Lawrence Schiller and William Woodfield

Sandra Settani, centerfold Playmate, April 1963. Bunny Yeager

Cindy Crawford, 'Skinsuits', July 1988. Herb Ritts


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