Playboy artwork sells at New York auction
A Dali watercolour of a reclining nude that once hung in Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's bedroom has fetched $266,500 (£168,500) at a New York auction.
The nude, which featured in a 1967 issue of Playboy, was among 125 artworks owned by the magazine to go under the hammer at Christie's.
Mouth No. 8, a 1966 oil painting of a scarlet-lipsticked mouth by pop artist Tom Wesselmann, sold for $1.9m (£1.2m).
Wednesday's sale included 80 photos and 24 cartoons.
Nearly all the items up for grabs had appeared in the magazine, first published in 1953.
The Dali watercolour was part of a 1967 issue that asked artists to create art inspired by Playboy's "Playmate" models.
Sold to an anonymous bidder, the piece had been expected to fetch no more than $150,000 (£95,000).
Wesselmann's work, part of a series the artist began in 1965, sold for slightly less than expected.
Yet Aaron Baker, curator of the Playboy Art Collection, still called it a great example of his work "from his best period".
In an interview last month, Playboy editor-in-chief Hefner said the magazine had blurred the lines between "fine" and "popular" art.
"Before Playboy and a few other places, commercial art was essentially... very realistic," the 84-year-old said.
"We introduced into commercial illustration the whole notion of everything from abstract to semi-abstract to stuff that you found on a gallery wall."
According to Baker, the sale represented a fraction of Playboy's archive of 5,000 contemporary works and more than 20 million photographs.
The archive is currently held at a storage building in Chicago, where Playboy Enterprises is based.