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Father of Palin grandson is now nude cover star

The teenage father of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's grandson is featured on the cover of Playgirl magazine -- sporting nothing but a sultry gaze.

Photos of Levi Johnston -- the 19-year-old former fiance of Palin's daughter -- were a hit on Playboy's website.

And the publisher expects the same results with other photos from the same shoot running in the newly resurrected print version available from February 22.

Johnston fathered a son with ex-fiancee Bristol, the 19-year-old daughter of Palin, who resigned as Alaska's governor last summer. The young couple broke up after the birth of their son, Tripp, in late 2008.

Bristol, who is in a child custody battle with Johnston, has called the Playboy shoot "risque" in her legal petition, and also claims he made more than $105,000 (€76,200) last year from media interviews and modelling assignments.