Vargas hottie – still turning heads 70 years later

Readers are commenting on a rather racy drawing heading to auction July 15. Some say the very first Vargas girl is a little too risque for Antique Trader readers.

One commenter said the image was perfectly acceptable in 1940- the year Alberto Vargas sketched the relining nude blond bombshell for the pages of Esquire Magazine. Vargas became one of the most prolific and popular pin up girl artist of all time. Not only are his actual images valuable (the original drawing is estimated to bring $20,000 to $30,000) but back issues of Esquire are more valuable because of Vargas’ work.

What do you think? Do you think the Vargas print is a bit too racy to include in Antique Trader and on its Web site?

Let us know here or on Twitter. We’d love to print your reaction in next week’s issue.

*Posted by Eric


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Karen Knapstein

About Karen Knapstein

Karen Knapstein is the editor of Antique Trader magazine. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she has written dozens of articles on vintage collectibles and their historical context. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye. She can be reached at