69c7db9a-a115-11e6-92ab-b0b665d29ef7 Aaron Rayburn, Down the River, 2016

45cefaf2-a43a-11e6-8988-c79e061bb938 Stone Jakobeen, Anita Jantzen Nude with Pearls, 1972

74703b0c-a0eb-11e6-8033-6e78c4514df5 Manara, Chiara [Pin-up] 2003
Italian comic book artist Milo Manara is best known for his works which feature women in outrageous and erotic scenes. He is quoted to have said: ''A truck driver doesn’t hang a Rauschenberg or Jasper Johns painting in his cab; he puts up a nice pin-up. To my pin-ups I owe the fact that I can still entertain and be close to people: soldiers, truck drives, prisoners…''

Playboy USA; Lot with 21 vintage American Playboy issues - 1956/1979 Playboy USA; Lot with 21 vintage American Playboy issues - 1956/1979

The first issue of Playboy was issued in December of 1953, although it was undated, as Hefner was was not entirely sure he would publish any further issues. The centerfold for issue 1 was Marilyn Monroe and thanks to Miss Monroe's popularity, the first edition was a success. The magazine sold out and had a circulation of almost 54 000.

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c938102e-a4d3-11e6-99bb-be59bd0ec49b Siwer Ohlsso, Picture from Artmanclub Series, 1992

Swedish photographer Siwer Ohlsson spent the beginning of his career travelling through Europe before he settled down on the south coast of Spain in 1962. Bikini-clad models were beginning to grace the covers of magazines, so Ohlsson began to scout models on the beaches of Spain. He is considered one of the first photographers in the world to pioneer the glamour genre with his works having featured in Playboy and Penthouse.

7b38ca8c-a04e-11e6-952d-9aa0e2bc1382 Pauline Réage & François Muller - Histoire d' O. Edition revue et corrigée précédée de Le Bonheur dans l'Esclavage de Jean Paulhan - Famot Editions / François Beauval 1977

Histoire d' O. or The Story of O is an erotic novel published in 1954 by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage, and published in French by Jean-Jacques Pauvert.

In February 1955, the work was awarded the French literature prize Prix des Deux Magots. However, at the time the French, authorities still brought obscenity charges against the publisher. The charges were rejected by the courts, but a publicity ban was imposed for a number of years.

220ba1de-a439-11e6-8afc-efcc50da6dd8 Union Amsterdam, Nudist beach Protest, 1960s

9daf210e-a41a-11e6-89fa-9204f61d78e7 Oriental erotica, Ryusuitei Tanekiyo , Sexual Intercourse, ca 1885

Japanese Shunga art reached its height in 1603 to 1867 and is still perhaps today, one of the most sensual art forms. This example is a continuation of this genre which was inspired by illustrations in Chinese medicine manuals from the Muromachi era of 1336 to 1573.

4f99e31e-9380-11e6-9e35-427f7e72fceb Unknown photographer, Nude scene with car, 1970s

ac0928a4-a365-11e6-931d-affb5ae82d8a Bruno Schulz, Nude, 1938

7cea6cce-a6b0-11e6-81c8-77bd6f1862c0 Cult: 13 numbers of Jacula in Italian - 1974/1982

8ccaab1a-a438-11e6-8291-0c3638a82f3f Olle Lindeborg, Miss Nude Competition, 1970

The history of nude beauty pageant stretches back all the way to the 1960s in Germany. Similar to other beauty contests, participants would take part in a number of 'talent' shows to compete against each other for the title.

All pieces featured are part of Catawiki's Erotica auction which ends on November 18, 2016. Check out the full catalog on Barnebys here.

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