An anonymous buyer paidÂ $1,874,500 for “Mouth #8,” a 1967 pop art painting by Tom Wesselmann, at a Christie’s auction offering part of Playboy’s art archive. Billed as “The Year of the Rabbit,” the sale included over 80 photographs, 24 cartoons, a number of contemporary works of art, most of which had appeared in the magazine.
A Dali nude that had hung in Hugh Hefner’s bedroom sold for $266,500, well above estimates, and a George Segal plaster cast of a pregnant woman brought in $170,500. Most of the art, which represents only a small part of Playboy’s collection, had appeared in the magazine. The total tally for the 124-lot auction was $2,903,438.
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