The road to Bob Guccione’s legacy was certainly an interesting one. Early aspirations to enter the priesthood gave way to a career as an artist in Europe, which opened the door to publishing comics. An interest in the female form led to an early mail-order business supplying pin-up photos to consumers around the globe.
Bob Guccione’s efforts to convert his varied and specific interests into something marketable led to his success in the form of Penthouse Magazine. When one flips through the early pages of Penthouse, the images look something like a dream. Limited funding initially meant Guccione spent hours, often days, personally photographing his models in what would become his trademark aesthetic of diffused natural light and warm soft focus. He went on to publish three other magazines including OMNI, which contained articles on science, parapsychology, and works of short science fiction and fantasy. Ultimately, the success of Penthouse allowed him to return to his passions of being an artist, questioning the status quo, and work to indulge his thirst for enlightenment. In doing so, he left behind a legacy, an empire, and this collection of provocative and envelope-pushing materials that mark the beginning of an era all but forgotten.
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Photographic Print of Lauren Hutton in 1962 by Norman Nathan
Original "Penthouse" 120mm Transparency of Leslie Leah Burrow by Bob Guccione
1980s Photo Print of Bob Guccione With Pets at "Penthouse" Japan Event
Signed "He Said / She Said Comics: The Bill Clinton Story / The Gennifer Flowers Story"
Original 35mm Slides Featuring "Caligula" Cast and Gore Vidal in 1976
Original Film Concept Art for Gore Vidal's "Caligula"
Original Margot Watercolor Painting of Bob Guccione and Kathy Keeton
Original Transparency of the Proposed "Penthouse" Hotel and Casino
Revisit the late 20th century through the dreamlike soft focus of this visionary’s lens
THE GUCCIONE COLLECTION