Juliens Auctions: Legends

619 MARILYN MONROE PREMIERE ISSUE OF PLAYBOY MAGAZINE A copy of the first issue of Playboy magazine (HMH Publishing, 1953) featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover. Monroe also appears on the interior of the premiere issue in an article on pages 17 and 18 titled “What Makes Marilyn” and a color pin-up of Monroe taken by Tom Kelley during the 1949 Red Velvet session on page 19. Monroe is called “Sweetheart of the Month,” which evolved into Playmate of the Month. No date appears on the cover because Hugh Hefner has stated that he didn’t know if there would be a second issue. The magazine hit newsstands in December 1953 and sold for 50 cents. The copy has been graded 8.0 by Certified Guaranty Company (CGC). 14 by 9 1/2 inches, overall $3,000-5,000 620 PLAYBOY MAGAZINE FIRST ISSUE A first issue of Playboy magazine (HMH Publishing, 1953) featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover. The magazine, which launched in December 1953, sold for 50 cents a copy. 11 by 8 1/2 inches $2,000-3,000 326 LEGENDS

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