Playboy Auction Nets $230K

An auction of art from Playboy magazine's archives has brought in $230,000.

Chicago-based Playboy said 17 pieces were sold at the "Playboy: The Art of Beauty" auction on Oct. 15 at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas.

Christie Hefner, Playboy's chairman and chief executive, said the success of the auction demonstrates the "enduring power" of the company's brand.

As expected, a piece by pinup king Alberto Vargas grabbed the largest single bid of nearly $49,000.

The pieces by 11 artists included two by Vargas, a piece entitled "Yugoslav Nudist Camps" from LeRoy Neiman, two works by Patrick Nagel and a set of four comics by "Little Annie Fanny" artists Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder.

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