First-ever copy of Playboy magazine featuring Marilyn Monroe naked set to fetch over $2,700 at auction
The first edition was printed in December 1953 with Marilyn Monroe as centerfold
Owner and creator Hugh Hefner decided to print just 54,000 copies, unsure of how it would be received
The cover of the publication, which cost 50 cents, said it was 'not a family magazine'
It will be sold Thursday through Nate D. Sanders in Los Angeles
first copy of Playboy magazine featuring Marilyn Monroe as centerfold is set to go under the hammer.
A world away from its modern, glossy successor, this copy boasts it is the first 'full color' magazine but only features black, white, grey and a touch of red.
Dated from December 1953, it is the first appearance of the 'Playboy Bunny', decked out in a smoking jacket with a pipe in his mouth.
In an introduction to Volume 1, Number 1, it clearly states that Playboy not 'a family magazine'.first copy of Playboy magazine featuring Marilyn Monroe as centrefold is to go under the hammer Thursday in Los Angeles. A world away from its modern, glossy successor, this copy boasts it is the first full colour magazine but is in black, white, grey and a touch of red
a throwback to more chauvinistic times the introduction carries on: '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.'