So it looks like the famous Playboy empire is starting to come crumbling down little by little, as Hef has started to sell off the mansions art…
CBC News Reports:
Tom Wesselmann’s iconic pop art image of a smiling, lipsticked mouth fetched nearly $1.9 million US at an auction of artwork from the offices of Playboy magazine.
The Christie’s auction — dubbed The Year of the Rabbit: The Playboy Collection — saw more than 100 artworks featured in the famed men’s lifestyle periodical cross the block in New York on Wednesday.
The 1966 painting Mouth #8, which the magazine commissioned from Wesselmann, sold for $1,874,500 US (all prices include buyer’s premium), just shy of the low end of its pre-sale estimate.
“I chose to do a huge cutout mouth in order to isolate and make more intense the one body part that has a high degree of both sexual and expressive connotations — but then painted a mouth with low degrees of each quality, to keep it, like the [Playboy] Playmate, somewhat glossy yet inviting,” the artist told the magazine in 1967.
Des anyone even care about this place anymore? I’ve seen some pictures from recent parties, and it does not look pretty…