LeadApron is not your common-or-garden bookstore/art gallery. Venture inside the tucked-away Melrose Place storefront and you’re likely to find objects you never knew your heart desired until now. Like a first-run edition of Pass the Bitch Chicken, by Harmony Korine and the painter Christopher Wool ($250). Or No. 102 of the 172 copies of Jason Rhoades’ 1724 Birth of the Cunt, with a bookmark made from the elastic band of a girl’s panties ($3,750). How about two screen prints from Andy Warhol’s first international retrospective at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, in 1968 ($9,000)? And no household would be complete without a wooden duck, specifically one that was a gift from Jean-Michel Basquiat to his then-girlfriend Kelle Inman. See, don’t you just need one now? Sigh. 8445 Melrose Place, W. Hlywd. (323) 782-1888, leadapron.net. —Caroline Ryder

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