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The Best Thing About Those Vintage Madonna Nudes: The Bob Guccione Collection

By now, most of you may have heard about those nude photos of a young, 18 year old, Madonna taken by photographer Herman Kulkens.

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These photos of Madonna, along with over 1000 other items, are part of the Bob Guccione Collection. Some of these photos have never been published before. (In case of Madonna’s nudes, it’s no small surprise; in my opinion, they are not exactly beautiful. But they are of an icon and, celebrity being what it is, are causing quite a stir and are likely to bring some rather high prices.) For me, this auction being held November 9, 2013 is less about Madonna — or any of the celebrities; it’s all about Bob Guccione.

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Guccione was the founder and publisher of the Penthouse and many other excellent publications — including OMNI, which I adored. Unfortunately, Guccione has long been overshadowed by both Hugh Hefner and Larry Flynt. It’s a shame, really. A dirty shame. And Guccione knew it too. (I’d like to start a rant here about how Hefner too often get applause for starting a genre that long existed; but I’ll save that for another time.)

The Guccione Collection is proud to announce its first auction of erotica, collectibles, celebrity photos, art, and memorabilia, spanning five decades of Guccione’s life. Every item is direct from the archives of Bob Guccione. Each item is authentic and original: there are no reproductions or copies. All auction lots are as they were found in the files and boxes of the meticulous, iconic mogul. Many of these items have been preserved for decades and have never been seen by the public. Guccione’s eye for beauty, style and art is apparent in this eclectic and fascinating collection.

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Penthouse Pet Gina Lamarca

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Penthouse Pet Laurie L'Orangier, taken by professional photographer Carl Wachter in 1982

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When Guccione passed away at the age of 79 in October of 2010, he was bankrupt; eventually the estate of artifacts would become the property of Jeremy Frommer, a former Wall Street trader turned entrepreneur. Along with displaying and selling items from the Guccione Collection, Frommer is putting over 1000 items from the Guccione Collection up for auction at LiveAuctioneers on November 9, 2013.

Frommer told MailOnline:

Auction houses have been more than willing to auction off Hugh Hefner’s memorabilia and to auction off Jeff Koons artwork, yet every single auction house that we approached was afraid and fearful and while the reception we originally got from the people directly involved in the business was general excitement over the material, the stodgy older auction house elite refused to give Bob Guccione the credit he deserves. So I have decided to do it myself.

.. We will also be selling 21 35mm slides, only six have ever been published…the craziest thing is that we still don’t know who the mystery girl whose hair Madonna’s playing with is.

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Along with sharing items from Guccione and rather resurrecting the Guccione legacy at the website, Frommer also has other plans. There’s talk of a book or books — and  Frommer was an executive producer of Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story, a documentary written and Directed by Barry Avrich.

In the US, Filthy Gorgeous airs on EPIX on on November 8, 2013. (If you, like I, do not have a cable provider in your area with EPIX, you can get a free trial here.)

Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story is a Melbar Entertainment Group production in association with EPIX, Astral’s The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central, with funding from Rogers Telefund, CAVCO and the OMDC. So far, I’ve found no release date for a DVD.

Reviews of the documentary can be found here and here.

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