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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Original 1970s "Penthouse" 120mm and Photo Print of Sharon Bailey


Still Photograph Of Bob Guccione And Others With Dr. Joyce Brothers

Bob Guccione Graphite Sketch on Paper of a Nude Woman

Original 1970s "Penthouse" 35mm Slide of Avril Lund

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Omni Magazine Cover Art Concept With Notes, Framed And Matted

Lithograph on Rag Paper "Three Women at a Round Table"


Bob Guccione Lithograph After Oil Painting "Bathers"

35mm Slide of Joyce Ballantyne Pinup Art from "The Great American Pinup"


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THE GUCCIONE COLLECTION

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