The contraption is actually a Hollywood relic known as the “Kissing Machine,” and it comes from the fabled Max Factor collection which was auctioned by Super Auctions back in May 15th 2010.
Max Factor (born Maximilian Faktorowicz in 1877) was a Polish cosmetician who founded the company bearing his name in 1909. Always experimental and forward thinking, the firm became a leader in theatrical and movie makeup, and its products became favorites with a legion of image-conscious film stars.
While we’re not exactly sure how the “Kissing Machine” is activated, it’s most likely that its purpose was to test the staying power of Max Factor lipstick, presumably during a kiss. A unique item, both from a historical and pop-culture standpoint, its estimated value is $50,000-$100,000.
Maybe I’m seeing something that’s not there, but I’ve always thought that the kissing machine was a reference to Suck My Kiss, and in particular the lyrics, “Your mouth was made to suck my kiss”, or maybe it wasn’t, in which case it makes for a nice coincidence too. Either way it’s a fitting and iconic choice of design for the cover of RHCP’s 2003 Greatest Hits Album.
Fortune Faded and Save The Population featured exclusively on the Greatest Hits Album. Fortune Faded was released as a single to promote the Greatest Hits Album. Read more about the album on Wikipedia.
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