Signed editions of these unique volumes from Penguin Books were sold to the highest bidders in a charity auction running from Dec. 11th - Dec 13th, 2006

  1. Lady Chatterley's Lover
    designed by Paul Smith

    Born 25 miles from Lawrence's birthplace in Nottinghamshire, Smith loves the writer's work and describes the book as "tender and not vulgar." A cloth jacket is wrapped loosely around the hardback, with the design of flowers which are found in the book and lettering stitched into the cloth (including a penguin logo on the spine). There is also a striped bookmark and a Perspex slipcase.

    Paul Smith became Sir Paul Smith in 2001 following three decades of trendsetting in the fashion and retail industries. The English fashion designer opened his first shop in his hometown of Nottingham in 1970 but today Paul Smith shops can also be found in London, Paris, Milan, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines, Korea and Kuwait with more than 200 in Japan alone.

    Winning Bid: US$ 3,050.00


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  1. Crime and Punishment
    designed by Fuel

    Graphic designers Stephen Sorrell and Damon Murray have used Cyrillic and English type. Stephen explains: "This visual device echoes the mind games in the head of Raskolnikov as he battles with his voice of conscience. We want the design to form the shape and feel of the book as a whole not just its cover." They have screen printed the cover on the same brown craft paper used for the text. The book has a Perspex slipcase.

    British graphic designers Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell have worked together as FUEL since 1991 from a studio in the Spitalfields area of London. The duo had studied at the Royal College of Art and their first joint project was the magazine Fuel.

    Winning Bid: US$ 2,250.00


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  1. Madame Bovary
    designed by Manolo Blahnik

    The jacket features Blahnik's original painting of Emma with her lover and the book is protected by a Perspex slipcase. He said: "I wanted to come up with something light, sensual ... something frivolous, because this is a novel about the dangers of frivolity. And I wanted something sexy too, cheeky. I usually focus on one part of the foot - the shoe. For this project, I had to consider a whole scene, there had to be a context, which is new for me. But I managed to sneak in a pair of shoes anyway. She wore good shoes."

    They called him the fifth star of the Sex In The City TV series. Spanish-born Manolo Blahnik is adored by women all over the world for his high class and expensive shoes. After studying in Geneva and Paris, he moved to London in 1970 and opened his first shop three years later.

    Winning Bid: US$ 3,050.00


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  1. Tender is the Night
    designed by Sam Taylor-Wood

    Taylor-Wood used an ethereal black and white photograph printed onto tracing paper. An elegant young man stands before us with his hands in his pocket and bare feet. He perfectly sums up the elegance and fragility of Nicole and Dick Driver's world. The book is wrapped in a cloth hardcover and has a Perspex slipcase.

    Sam Taylor-Wood has been one of the leading figures in British contemporary art since the mid-1990s. A graduate of Goldsmiths College, she specializes in video and photography art, and has been acclaimed for pushing the boundaries through her work.

    Winning Bid: US$ 3,000.00


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  1. The Idiot
    designed by Ron Arad

    Arad's book has no cover so the reader will pick it up and read the author's first words. It is stripped back to show the glue and thread in the spine which is visible through an acrylic slipcase (with a lid) with a fresnel lens so the text appears to move as the lid is removed. Arad explains: "By not wanting to have a cover, it ended with the book becoming an amazing object that is alive, but which maintains its transparency. It became a glorious box with a book inside - almost like a monument."

    Born in Tel Aviv, Ron Arad is an acclaimed industrial designer, artist and architect. His work can be found in collections in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Germany’s Vitra Design Museum, and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

    Winning Bid: US$ 2,425.00


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