After leaving law school to pursue his love for cooking, Hugo was exposed to the art of Nyotaimori, or “body sushi” where sushi is eaten off of a female model. He holds private dinner parties for the elite of NYC in which the rich and famous get to enjoy his cooking and the artistry he puts into his food. If he can make sushi sexy, he can make anything sexy and he proves this by writing for Filthy Gorgeous.
In the August 1, 2015 Filthy Gorgeous Media erotic auction, “Appreciation Of The Female Form At Its Best” bidders were able to bid on various collectibles. Largely comprised of a unique selection of 35mm slides and 120mm negatives taken by Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, the auction showcased models such as Avril Lund, Angela Nicholas, Billie Dean, Sheila Kennedy, and Kate Simmons. This 200 piece collection of memorabilia and art focused on just how beautiful the naked female form truly is. Some people say there is a very thin line dividing fine nude art or erotic photography from pornography. However, for the artists, working in the nude art segment and for fine art fans, the distinction between these two notions is vast and obvious. With 162 bids from 27 bidders, this auction was a success and this list showcases the ten highest paid items.
10. 35mm Jane Hargrave Lot #: 109
Original nude, erotic, 35mm slide features Jane Hargrave taken by Bob Guccione in 1976. Print and/or markings on the slide mount are original. Out of all the Pets to come out of Penthouse, Jane Hargrave helped set the standard for what it takes to become an icon. At age 18, Jane began applying for modeling jobs, and quickly came to the attention of Bob Guccione–which ultimately launched her career. Beginning in July of 1975, she appeared on the cover of three different Penthouse editions and was the British Penthouse Pet of the Year in 1978.
Original nude, erotic, 35mm slide features Jolanta Von Zmuda taken by Bob Guccione in 1976. Print and/or markings on the slide mount are original. Jolanta once said that she likes “a rugged, good looking man,” has a preference for American males, and is outspoken when describing the nature of her sexuality: “If my man turns me on physically, I will make love with him any time of the day or night.”
Original nude, erotic, 35mm slide features DiVina Celeste taken by Bob Guccione in 1981. Print and/or markings on the slide mount are original. Bob Guccione mentioned when it came to photograph, he took a voyeuristic approach. This was true and it’s what set the pictures in Penthouse apart from the others. In pornography, we know that the models are being photographed. The models know that they are being photographed. However, it seems a tad bit naughtier and dare I say, realistic, if it doesn’t look like they know that they are being photographed.
Original nude, erotic, 35mm slide features DiVina Celeste taken by Bob Guccione in 1981. Print and/or markings on the slide mount are original. In 1965, Bob Guccione, a struggling artist with an entrepreneurial imagination, started a magazine called Penthouse. Due to his lack of resources, Guccione personally photographed most of the models for the magazine’s early issues. He spent long hours, and sometimes, several days, to complete a photo shoot. Although he had no professional training, Guccione applied his knowledge of painting to his photography, establishing the diffused, soft focus look that would become one of the trademarks of the magazine’s pictorials.
Original nude, erotic, 35mm slide features DiVina Celeste taken by Bob Guccione in 1981. Print and/or markings on the slide mount are original. When Penthouse Vice-Chairman Kathy Keeton met beautiful DiVina Celeste at a Baltimore Hilton luncheon, the 35-18-35-inch charmer was already a civic treasure. Then she went national, appearing in a sexy MTV special with a musical group called The Catholics. “I may not be a brain surgeon,” she smiles, “but I am a pretty smooth operator!
Original nude, erotic, 35mm slide features Pia Zadora taken by Bob Guccione in 1982. Print and/or markings on the slide mount are original. Bob Willoughby, whose photographs have transformed the images of Hollywood’s biggest stars, is a true pioneer of 20th century photography. He was the first “outside” photographer hired by the major studios to create photographs for the magazines, and was the link between the filmmakers and major magazines of the time, such as Life and Look. His career took off in 1954 when Warner Bros. asked him to photograph Judy Garland’s final scene on the set of A Star Is Born. His portrait of the freckle-faced star became his first Life cover. From then on his production was phenomenal. His images were in print literally every week for the next twenty years.
Original nude, erotic, 35mm slide features Corinne Alphen taken by Bob Guccione in 1981. Print and/or markings on the slide mount are original. At a dewey 21, Corinne was a vision swimming before our eyes in the June 1978 centerfold ‘Water Babies’. Three years later, a delightfully more mature Corinne encored as our centerfold in ‘Once More With Feeling’ (August 1981), becoming the first ever to receive that special accolade a second time. And over the years, Corinne took time away from her promising acting career to make hundred of personal appearances for Penthouse becoming one of the most requested beauties in Pet promotions history.
Original nude, erotic, 35mm slide features Kate Simmons taken by Bob Guccione in 1978. Print and/or markings on the slide mount are original. Simmons’s varied and impressive background included three years of university law and continuing interest in natural history, astronomy, and philosophy. “American feminists,” she once suggested, “are a joke-overfed, over liberated, and overweight. I think my own accomplishments show that no one holds a woman back but herself! There’s more to being well-rounded,” she added, “than a 35-23-35-inch figure!”
This original nude, erotic, 35mm slide features Jolanta Von Zmuda taken by Bob Guccione in 1976. At 22, Jolanta Von Zmuda was decidedly a romantic. Her wistful erotic fantasies included “making love by a bubbling stream,” and her preferences in lingerie included “soft,romantic little things that can easily be pushed aside in the heat of passion.” Passion was a sensation with which Jolanta’s 36 1/2-23-36 body was well acquainted.
Original nude, erotic, 35mm slide features Pia Zadora taken by Bob Willoughby in 1982. Zadora’s body made her famous in the 1980′s but her talent made her timeless. After working as a child actress on Broadway, in regional theater, and in the film, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, she gained national attention in 1981 when she won a Golden Globe Award for her sexually driven performance in Butterfly. Pia Zadora’s fan base would remember her from her extensive list of movie roles, her singing career, and her famous photo shoot for Penthouse when she was 28.