Hugh Hefner’s Copy Of First Playboy Magazine With Nude Marilyn Monroe Is On Sale
By Izza Sofia, 29 Nov 2018
Julien’s Auctions is selling off Hugh Hefner’s personal copy of Playboy magazine’s debut issue.
The first-ever edition of the magazine features a nude Marilyn Monroe, and its pre-sale amount is estimated to lie between US$3,000 and US$5,000, according to the auction site.
In spite of the images featured, it seems Monroe never consented to having her nude photos displayed in the magazine. According to Yahoo, Monroe had agreed to a nude photoshoot back in 1949 as she was “desperate for a US$50 paycheck.”
The experience was uncomfortable for her and she made the photographer promise to make her unidentifiable in the photos. Feeling nervous and shamed, she signed the model release form as “Mona Monroe” instead of her real name as she was desperate to distance herself from the photos.
Monroe subsequently shot to fame and appeared in movies such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Niagara, before Hefner decided to purchase her nude photos for US$500.
He then published them in the first issue of Playboy in 1953 and readers immediately snapped up the edition. Almost 50,000 copies were sold, but Monroe maintained that she had never given rights to have them published.
Hefner was laid to rest in a crypt, which he purchased for US$75,000, next to Monroe—whom he had never met in his life.
.@HughHefner's personal copy of the first issue of @Playboy magazine, featuring @MarilynMonroe on the cover, is in our "Property From The Collection of Hugh M. Hefner" #auction on Friday & Saturday in Beverly Hills and live online at https://t.co/TiME89uOXn! #HughHefner #Playboy pic.twitter.com/tbgiM2Rpty— Juliens Auctions (@JuliensAuctions) November 29, 2018
[via Jezebel, opening image via Julien’s Auctions]
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