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'The Year of the Rabbit': Hef Putting Over 100 Pieces of Playboy Art on the Auction Block Next Month

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New York's Christie's will host an auction event next month dubbed "The Year of the Rabbit," to sell over 100 pieces of art from the Playboy collection, reports the AP. Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner explains that art has long played a role in Playboy's legacy, and Playboy has helped change the face of art in America.

On the auction block will be 80 photos, over a dozen pieces of contemporary art, and two dozen cartoons. Most of the items have appeared on the pages of the groundbreaking publication. Some of the pieces, like a nude by Salvador Dali, actually hung in Hef's Holmby Hills Playboy Mansion. Hefner has long been known as an art aficionado, as well as an amateur cartoonist himself.

The auction is December 8th. Today Christie's released some images of a few of the pieces included in the event.