See The 15 Sexiest Ads Of 2012

Dolce and Gabbana ad
Dolce and Gabbana stuck to its typical ad strategy of pushing the limits this year.

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Companies tend to take full advantage of the old adage, “sex sells.”While most of the companies on our list, like Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein, often go the sexy route, others, like a flower-delivery company and a car maker, may surprise you.

We also got to see the steamy side of celebs like Michael Phelps and Katie Holmes.

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