It's good to see that cheesecake is still doing well in the USA, despite being frowned upon in the UK. This is Gil Elvgren's Bare Essentials
, a 1957 Brown & Bigelow calendar painting, which sold for $137,000 in its auction debut at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on 31 July. The $1.3m auction was led by a bevy of pinup images. Love that scarlet macaw.