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Helmut Newton Is Into Instant Gratification

  • Najib Benouar

It All Began With Pomp And Circumstance: Bill Simmons extols the virtues of the entrance song in professional wrestling. And lists the top 12 of all time. [Grantland]

An Article About Nothing: And about comparing Seinfeld to Kafka. [Splitsider]

The War Is Not Over: Vulture recounts the many battles film studios have waged by making the exact same movies and releasing them simultaneously. Apparently the Prestige and the Illusionist were two different movies. [Vulture]

MTV Regains A Bit Of Street Cred: The rumors are true. The braced one and the cornholio make their triumphant return. [Pitchfork]

Angels With Broken Wings

  • Jared Paul Stern


The *New York Observer* recently went batshit over gladiator sandals, oddly devoting the entire cover to a story entitled Ben-Her.

Cited as examples of the hot women warriors sporting the style this summer were Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashley Olson and Cynthia Rowley. However, we think mouthwatering model Erin Wasson wore them best by far, at the after-party for the CFDA Awards the other night—wore one, that is, accessorized with a matching pair of glossy black crutches.

More on Ms. Wasson»

Re-Auction Time


Christie’s auction of Gert Elfering’s private collection came to a close yesterday, allowing us to attach a dollar value to nudity.

Most notably, our favorite first lady ended up just shy of six figures, pulling down $91,000 for a full-frontal Michel Comte snap from 1993. The more striking Lauren Hutton pic (at left) went for $127,000, but we’re sure having Richard Avedon’s name attached didn’t hurt.

More pictures and in-depth analysis»

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.

More highlights from Christie's»