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Behind the Art: 7 Gorgeous Pin-Ups

Although pin-up art first appeared in popular culture during the 19th century, it wasn't until the 1930s and '40s – and particularly during World War II – that it evolved as we know it, when American G.I.s adopted pin-ups as visions of home and their sweethearts they had left behind. The tradition became so popular, in fact, that pin-ups were even painstakingly recreated on military aircraft for inspiration and good luck.

After the war, these iconic images continued to flourish in gentlemen's magazines (such as the work of Alberto Vargas in Esquire) and on the calendars that are still popular to this day. Here, seven prime examples that will be sold to benefit the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation in the American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture sale on 2 October.