Playboy's First Cartoon To Be Auctioned Off

The very first cartoon ever to appear in Playboy #1 (otherwise known as the "Marilyn Monroe issue") is being auctioned off. This eye-opener was showcased in the December 1953 issue, on page 9. Its creator, Ben Denison, was an accomplished artist who produced scores of sizzling illustrations for Playboy during the magazine's critical, formative years.

The tasteful, yet provocative humor of this sultry scene captured the look and attitudes of the 1950's to a T -- in short, it was a perfect fit for the successful editorial formula of the magazine. This historic cartoon was also published in 1970's The Playboy Cartoon Album #1, a collection of Playboy's most famous cartoons. Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000.

Simona Luculano's Flexible Distance

Simona Luculano has designed a beautiful washer that not only conforms to low power and water consumption, but serves as a decorative centerpiece.

Flexible Distance
was developed for Ye Xiao Dong as winners of the “Lavatrice Cinese Made In Milan” competition.

The touch controls are located on the outer ring of the washer, and an LCD screen is embedded into the lid for easy monitoring of washing progress.

$5M Holiday DreamCard from Halcyon Jets

Halcyon Jets Holdings, Inc. or "Halcyon" , a premier provider of on-demand private charter aircraft services,
will offer a $5M gift card for those who want to share the gift of convenience aboard a private jet.

The $5M Holiday DreamCard from Halcyon Jets may be used for one-way trips or round-trip travel, and it may be used for a single flight or multiple trips. For more information, or to purchase a Holiday DreamCard, please call 212.616 JETS or visit www.halcyonjets.com

Lacoste designs a Maclaren

Maclaren is collaborating with Lacoste for a Lacoste branded Maclaren. The $400 special-edition ensemble features the classic green crocodile logo and a coordinating baby Lacoste outfit consisting of a cotton polo shirt and pique knit sun hat. The stroller weighs 14.8 lbs, comes with front/wheel suspension, and is covered in mini green crocs. It will be available online at www.lacoste.com, as well as in the Fifth Avenue Lacoste boutique, Fashion Week Daily reports.

Barrett-Jackson to Auction Ultra-Rare 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II Sport Coupe in Scottsdale

One of only 19 total 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II’s bodied as a coupe, and one of only two completed by Hooper & Company, will be sold at No Reserve during the 37th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event on Jan. 12-20, 2008, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The fixed-head, two-passenger sport coupe (Lot #1312) will cross the block during SPEED’s live primetime coverage on Saturday evening. Hailed as “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Events™,” the Scottsdale auction will feature 1000 of the world’s finest collector vehicles and lavish lifestyle events. As always, SPEED will broadcast live-coverage of all six auction days.

The black and Tudor Gray Phantom II was special-ordered in December 1934 through R.P. Collyer, Ltd., in Montreal, Canada’s lone Rolls Royce dealer.

festive pheasant by oiva toikka

the festive pheasant, new from iittala for 2007, was designed by glass artist oiva tokkia. toikka was trained by another famous finish glass artist kaj franck at nuutajärvi glass factory.

Stefi Orazi Christmas cards

STEFI ORAZI a Graphic Designer based in London has launched the Barbican Estate Christmas Card pack . Only 100 packs produced . Contains: 8 illustrated cards and 8 envelopes

Harry Winston Diamond Corp

Aber Diamond Corp., the mining company that owns Harry Winston is officially being renamed to Harry Winston Diamond Corp, WWD reports.

The firm has a 40 percent interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine in Lac de Gras in Canada's Northwest Territories - which produces 10 percent of the world's diamonds — 9 million to 10 million carats a year — which it sells to Winston and other suppliers. With the new company name, every diamond that comes out of Diavik will be labeled a "Harry Winston" diamond.

"It was Harry Winston's dream to own a mine," said Thomas J. O'Neill, president of HWD and chief executive officer of Harry Winston Inc.