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    ALBERTO VARGAS (American, 1896-1982)
    Just Add Mistletoe, Playboy Vargas Girl pin-up illustration, March 1971
    Watercolor on illustration board
    18 x 27 in.
    Signed lower right
    This sizzling centerfold hails from a peak period, the swinging seventies.

    "So that's what right on means."

    Great American Pin-Up author Charles G. Martignette noted, "From the time America was introduced to the Varga Girl in 1940, the name Vargas has been synonymous with pin-up and glamour art. In fact, the word 'vargas' has actually been applied to almost every kind of pin-up subject -- a fitting tribute to the most famous and prolific glamour artist of all time."

    In 1957, Playboy magazine published a pictorial feature on Vargas' nudes, and publisher Hugh Hefner soon extended an invitation to showcase Vargas' work monthly in Playboy.

    Embarking on this landmark association in 1960, Vargas ultimately painted 152 works for Playboy. In addition to his famous centerfolds, Vargas created two front cover images for Playboy during his long reign as the magazine's most celebrated artist.

    From the Playboy Collection


    More information about ALBERTO VARGAS, also known as Vargas, Alberto, Alberto Vargas.



    Condition Report*: Very good condition; not examined outside of frame; framed to an overall dimension of 29.75 x 38.5".
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2010
    18th Thursday
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