The lost art of the American pin-up

Story highlights

  • Pin-up art is undergoing a massive resurgence
  • A decent painting will now sell for anything between $1,800 and $100,000
  • The appeal of pin-up art is not purely sexual; it is about a return to the ideal of feminine beauty of a bygone age.
With all the sexy pictures on offer all around us, one would expect the titillating images of the early 20th Century to be all but forgotten.
But the opposite seems to be true. The "pin-up" art that was first produced in Thirties America is undergoing a strong resurgence in popularity.
Since 2000, prices for original pin-up art have gone up steadily, culminating in the 2011 sale of Gil Elvgren's Gay Nymph for a cool $286,000.