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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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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.

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.

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.

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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.