Lot 5009: PLAYBOY - 1953 Marilyn Monroe Premiere Issue Classic Men's Magazine Nude Models

National Book Auctions

January 10, 2010, 12:00 PM EST
Freeville, NY, US
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Description: This vintage Playboy magazine is part of a large collection of original, early Playboy issues (dating back to the very first, December 1953 release with Marilyn Monroe) that we are selling at this auction. View our entire catalog to see additional vintage Playboy magazines - buy more than one and save on shipping. This particular lot features the following original, complete issue:

Issue Date: December 1953

Notes: The premiere issue of Hugh Heffner's landmark magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the Sweetheart of the Month. The magazine was originally entitled "Stag Party" until an unrelated outdoor magazine "Stag" threatened to sue Heffner. This first issue, undated owing to Heffner's doubts about its continuation, was priced at 50 cents and proved an instant success, selling out the initial circulation of 53,991 copies in a matter of weeks. Heffner's statement on page three included this paragraph: "We want to make clear from the very start, we aren't a 'family magazine.' If you're somebody's sister, wife or mother-in-law and picked us up by mistake, please pass us along to the man in your life and get back to your Ladies Home Companion." As well as the cover and exclusive nude shot of Marilyn, the magazine included Virgil Partch cartoons mocking the Kinsey Report, an Ambrose Bierce short story, and a Conan Doyle excerpt "Introducing Sherlock Holmes." This impressive magazine was very well cared-for and is intact condition with only very light age/wear indications, with a very small tear to upper spine corner and a small moisture spot on the lower right cover. Both covers and all pages securely attached. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
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