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1947 pin-up girl painting on auction block

Golden age: Miss Bermuda, by Pearl Frush (Photograph supplied)

It ran 70 years ago in a girlie calendar — but now Miss Bermuda, a painting from the golden age of the pin-up girl, is headed for the auction block to the tune of $18,500.

The piece, offered online by the Grapefruit Moon Gallery, features a scantily-clothed blonde posing against a backdrop of rocks and breaking waves, and was created by the celebrated female artist Pearl Frush in 1947.

Many of Ms Frush’s pieces have gone on to be collector’s pieces.

The signed original for the Gerlach-Barklow Calendar Company has featured in pin-up publications, and was part of a sequence called the Aqua Series of girls in bathing suits.