Lot 267: Marilyn Monroe Playboy #1
Auction Date:6/26/2005 9:00 PM EST
Monroe's first big "dare" was her appearance in the debut issue of Playboy, this copy of which is complete and nearly unaffected by age, much like Hugh Hefner when he pops Viagra pill. No help needed here. The nude shot of Monroe lounging on a bright red sofa and coyly caressing a red wall covering had originally been taken for a calendar, not Playboy. Hefner purchased the rights to the photo and ran it, as the line on the cover states, for the "first time in any magazine, full color, Marilyn Monroe Nude". Another piece of trivia: the "rabbit-head" logo was designed by art designer Art Paul, and has appeared on every issue since. Hefner said that he chose the rabbit as a mascot for its "humorous sexual connotation", and because the image was "frisky and playful". However, it was really Marilyn who provided the friksy, playful draw. A sterling example overall EX-MT. Some tiny roughness in the top left corner is the only thing that keeps this from being brand spanking NRMT (oooh careful with that word).
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