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Playboy art: Sex sells
LeRoy Nieman painting gets record $107,550 at auction of Playboy artwork. Hef's "black books" sold.
December 18, 2003: 8:35 AM EST
By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN/Money staff writer

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Auction house Christie's International looked to mine some gold from the auction of cartoons, manuscripts and photographs from Playboy magazine's archives.

The auction took place Wednesday at Christie's New York auction house. A LeRoy Nieman painting, Man at his Leisure: Le Mans, painted in 1969, has sold for $107,550, a world record for a painting by Nieman. Christie's had predicted it would sell for $20,000 to $30,000.

A collection of cartoons by Shel Silverstein, Among the Hippies, sold for $65,724. Christies had predicted the collection would go for $6,000 to $8,000.

Other items auctioned Wednesday included cartoons by Shel Silverstein and painted "Vargas girls" by artist Alberto Vargas. Photographs by the likes of Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts were also up for bid.

One Vargas painting, 1967's "Trick or Treat" sold for $71,600, a world record for a "Vargas girl" painting.

A Mercedes limousine owned by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was also auctioned. The winning bidder for that automobile received an invitation to a New Year's Eve party at the Playboy mansion. The limo went for $77,675.

A 33-page typed manuscript of Jack Kerouac's novella "Before the Road" sold for $71,000. The manuscript contains corrections in Kerouac's handwriting and is signed by the author.  Top of page

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