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Hugh Hefner for cheap? Taschen's big sale is coming this weekend

June 14, 2011 | 12:50 pm

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Art book publisher Taschen is having a mammoth sale this weekend, marking its books off 50% to 75% at 10 international stores, including two in Los Angeles.

Taschen's books focus on art, culture and larger-than-life personalities. Often they exist in editions designed to fit various budgets. The Muhammad Ali book "GOAT" is available in a 652-page, 13-inch hardcover that retails for $150; a 792-page, 19-inch hardcover in a clamshell case, signed by its designer, the artist Jeffrey Koonz, can be purchased for $4,500 or in a $15,000 edition that comes with four silver gelatin prints signed by both photographer Howard l. Bingham and Muhammad Ali himself.

Not every book comes in multiple editions. "Hugh Hefner's Playboy," released just in time for Christmas in 2009, is available only in a six-volume signed set with lots of extras, including a piece of his silk pajamas, for $1,300. On Tuesday, Hefner announced that fiancee Crystal Harris, whom he'd planned to marry Saturday, would not be Mrs. Hefner No. 3. "The wedding is off. Crystal has had a change of heart," Hefner tweeted.

Local Taschen vendors can't say for certain whether copies of "Hugh Hefner's Playboy" will be for sale. Their shipment of sale-ready collectible books -- those that were display copies or have been slightly damaged -- won't arrive until later this week.

In addition to the collectible books, Taschen has many trade editions and stock that typically retail for as little as $10. That's before being marked down -- on Friday, Saturday and Sunday they can be found for even cheaper in the Taschen stores in Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Hugh Hefner celebrating the release of his six-book anthology, "Hugh Hefner's Playboy," at the Taschen store in Beverly Hills in 2009 with Karissa Shannon, left, Kristina Shannon and Crystal Harris, who is no longer his fiance. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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