A Dali watercolour of a reclining nude that hung in Hugh Hefner’s bedroom was among the 125 artworks that
magazine offered at auction house Christie’s, last week. It was one of 11 works chosen for ‘The Playmate as Fine Art’ pictorial for the magazine’s January 1967 Playmate review issue, that asked artists to create Playmate-inspired art.
The nude sold for $266,500, above its presale estimate of $100,000 to $150,000, to an anonymous buyer. Another top draw was an iconic, sexually charged oil painting of a scarlet-lipstick mouth by pop artist Tom Wesselmann.