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Andy Warhol, Douglas Fairbanks and a French Roulette Table

Christie’s is gearing up for another blowout photography auction, and as always, it makes for great browsing. We’ve pulled together some of the best shots after the jump, including Salvador Dalí, Douglas Fairbanks and a couple tasteful nudes. Fair warning: it may be mildly NSFW if your boss isn’t an art lover.

See the best of the Christie’s photo auction»

The Best of the Christie’s Photo Auction

Untitled, 1975 by Ralph Gibson

We love a good belly photo.

It comes from an omnibus photo auction coming to Christies’ this Monday, and in the name of spreading the art around, we’ve pulled out some of the best of the bunch. That means Keith Richards, Mark Rothko and Horst P. Horst, along with some of best suits of the 1930s.

See the best of Monday’s photo auction»

Big Game

  • Jared Paul Stern


Swashbuckling photographer Peter Beard's work isn't getting any cheaper—quite the opposite in fact—but we consider it fairly recession proof as these things go. We recently told you about the re-release of his classic 1965 book on Africa, *The End of the Game*. Then we reported on his shoot in Botswana for the 2009 Pirelli Calendar featuring naked supermodels and an elephant named Cathy.

Now he's finally hitting the auction circuit»

Bond Beauties

  • Jared Paul Stern


As the hype crescendos around *Quantum of Solace*'s impending release—new Bond Girls!—it's a good time to consider the flick in its historical context. Especially as a smashing collection of classic 007 placards are hitting the block at Christie's in London tomorrow. The prized Bond lot in the auction house's *Vintage Film Posters* sale is a mint condition 1964 *Goldfinger* sheet in the rare British quad style B format, estimated at $7,00 - $10,000.

We're partial however to this quirky and equally scarce Aston Martin promo piece produced for *Thunderball* in 1965, which is a much better deal at est. $3,000 - $3,500. Also included are classics from *Dr. No* (1962, est. $2,700 - $4,500), *From Russia With Love* (1963, est. $2,700 - $4,500) and the rest of the pantheon, with several variations of each. Mr. Craig would do well to study these masterpieces if he hopes to err on the side of Connery.

Bad Ideas, Tennis, and More Mad Men


A Bad Idea is a Bad Idea is a Bad Idea: Proving once again, there is no bottom. [Daily Fiasco]

And Take Off Your Hat While You’re At It: Our favorite sports blogger gives us a user’s guide to the U. S. Open. The main point seems to be “sit your ass down.” Or something like that. [Daily Intel]

Breakfast at Christie’s: A Gawker alum summarizes a Christie’s auction…without calling anyone a douchebag. [RadarOnline]

Innner Tube: The creators of our new favorite show talk shop. (No, not *The Wire*. That was last month.) [AMC Blogs]

Windows Of The Soul

  • Jared Paul Stern


Two years after the great James Brown's passing, Christie's is selling off the Godfather of Soul's most prized possessions this Thursday in an auction featuring everything from his multiple music awards, well-worn hi-fi, and metallic green vinyl sofa to childhood mementos and photographs.

The big ticket items are his custom electric organ and baby grand piano at est. $20,000 - $30,000 and $15,000 - $20,000 respectively, along with dozens of jumpsuits in denim, polyester and other flammable fabrics (and all the colors of the puke rainbow) in the $5,000 - $7,000 range.

However we were entranced by a couple of the collections Big Brown amassed, including the keys to 11 cities he was presented with over the years (est. $2,000 - $3,000), and especially this assemblage of 83 pairs of shades he wore during countless concerts and debauchs - a steal at only $1,000 - $1,500. If only they could talk…

Up for Auction, Extra Padding and Blissfully Unaware


Banging the Gavel: With the recent sale of Carla Bruni nudes and the new offering of this Michael Comte Gisele shot, it's clear that British auction houses are becoming the place for top-drawer spank fodder. [Vogue UK]

Penny Pusher: Every time blue-eyed, honey-blond men's fashion blogger Amanda Brooks writes a tribute to a male dress staple, we fall a little harder. [Men's Vogue]

More Cushion for the Pushin': If you're using padded underwear to get laid, there's really nothing we, or anyone else, can do for you. [NYMag]

Supercops: English bobbies may soon have cool designer capes. Maybe it would be cooler if the government gave them firearms, but what can you do? [BBC]

Big Bubba: Bill Clinton uses big fat, dies to distract the eye from his big, fat mouth. [HuffPo]

Stupid is as Stupid Does: England's premier scientific journal, The Sun reveals that the more educated a woman is, the harder it is to satisfy her sexually. Well, duh. [The Sun]

Preppy is as Preppy Does:Brooks Brothers debuts their Black Fleece collection. [Luxist]

Auction and Adventure


Tomorrow, Christie’s is auctioning off the private collection of Gert Elferling, a collector who has apparently spent the last few decades compiling erotic shots of some of the most beautiful women in the world. The auction contains lots of familiar faces and it’s already making waves for more than a few of our favorite people.

Notably, our boy Sarkozy is facing some embarrassment from the British press as the auction features a nude shot from Ms. Bruni’s wilder years and coincides with his first Bruni-assisted visit to the UK.

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