Flame-haired Brit model Lily Cole is the latest testament to the indisputable superiority of French *Playboy* over the *frommage*-filled American original. Her *Lolita*-like cover pose - and the 14-pg. spread inside - is inspired by style icon Serge Gainsbourg's 1971 concept album *Histoire de Melody Nelson*. In a nutshell, the plotline involves Gainsbourg plowing his vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost into a teenage nymphet's bicycle as a prelude to seduction.
You can pick up a vintage Bentley that once belonged to Sean Connery, the greatest Bond of all, at Bonhams' auto auction as part of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiast's Club's annual rally this weekend for a relative pittance. The beautiful 1961 S2 saloon, finished in two-tone Tudor Grey / Shell Grey with a contrasting red leather interior, is estimated at only £12,000 - £15,000, or about $24,000 - $30,000, a fraction of what a new, less distinguished model *sans* pedigree will cost you.
Two things they don't make like they used to—movie posters and movies. Case in point: Michelangelo Antonioni's brilliant 1966 flick *Blow-Up*.
David Hemmings plays Thomas, a debauched fashion photographer based on David Bailey who thinks he may have witnessed a murder. But the plot takes a back seat to the movie's incredibly stylish *mise-en-scène*, not to mention Thomas' navy blue Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud convertible, slant-pocketed velvet hacking jacket and endless stream of beautiful bedmates.
At Bonhams Entertainment Sale in London on June 18, you can snag a piece of the magic in the form of this original poster from the film, estimated at £300 - £500. If you think you can outbid us, that is.
Any brand with a decent bit of history behind it is bound to have a few stories in its files. Take, for instance, Rolls Royce’s famous hood ornament, a statuette with enough history to have a movie deal behind it.
Around Kempt, we like our whips to have a provenance. Even when we buy new, we only get the behind the wheel of rides with impeccable pedigrees. This week got our gears turning with several bulletins about vintage vehicles.