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February 15, 2006

Bob Guccione's New York City mansion is for sale. The 75 year-old former publisher of Penthouse and other "porn " magazines has defaulted on a $25 million loan and the property's reverted to the Laurus Funds, who plan to sell it for up to $40 million. Guccine himself is suffering from throat cancer and lives in Texas now.

I suppose you have to be of a certain age to even know who Guccione is, or was. Brash, boorish, a veritable poster boy of the me-decade 1970's, with his hairy chest bedecked with more gold chains than any rapper would ever wear today, Guccione was an unashamed male chauvinist of the older generation, a kind of Hugh Hefner on testosterone. Guccione broke the "pink barrier" by showing his centerfold's genitals in the lush pages of Penthouse, his unapologetic Playboy knockoff. It was nothing tasteless, nothing like the split beaver shots Larry Flynt would later make the centerpiece of his Hustler magazine, but it was groundbreaking at the time, and created enough of a buzz to kick Playboy out of the top men's magazine spot for a while. Never underestimate the power of pussy.

How times change. Guccione's publishing company, General Media, went bankrupt in 2003, but that kind of cheesecake had rolled over and died years before, with the coming of the Internet. We can see more now with the click of a button that Guccione ever dreamed possible in his day, and all the furor over "going pink" seems positively mild today.

Posted by rabbit at February 15, 2006 4:39 AM

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Good Luck Bob, it was fun while it lasted!

Posted by: Penthouse Sex at February 16, 2006 1:37 AM

back in december 2005, i helped bob sr, bob jr and the rest of his clan move out of his fabulous house on 67th street. i packed up his ENTIRE collection of pics, films, slides, and his fine art collection (works by BG and by other artists), as well. bob sr was a failed painter (heavily influenced by the work of matisse) prior to building his empire. bob jr gave away some incredible parting gifts too - PORN... and plenty of it, plus some TRUE collectibles. bob sr looked like a defeated king... bob jr seemed more happy-go-lucky doling out "gifts" and offering hot breakfast every morning. bob jr also arranged for us to spend new year's eve with him and some of his friends. the indoor pool with the roman-style sculpture (fabulous) & the 20-seat cinema was super cool! you should've seen the reels and reels of film... btw, bob sr's live-in gf (niki st.giles) still looked pretty good, not like she did in '99, but still hotter than not. i will never forget my 5+ days with the gucciones - LEGENDARY even in defeat!

Posted by: firehalo at July 6, 2008 2:13 AM

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