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December, 1953 Playboy Inaugural Issue with Marilyn Monroe Cover--CGC Restored Grade 5.5

Lot Number 1349

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Flash back to the birth of the mega-popular men's magazine "Playboy" with this encapsulated inaugural issue. Published in December, 1953 this important first issue is graded (5.5) by CGC in a "Restored Grade" holder. Gracing the front cover of this seminal publication is a photo of iconic sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. The blond bombshell is seen wearing a big friendly smile and a stimulating open front dress and a box at lower right notes "1st Issue". The grading label cites Marilyn as the "Sweetheart of the Month", referring to the classic "Golden Dreams" photo of Monroe at center of the magazine in a nude reclining pose against a red velvet background, which caused this first issue to sell-out within weeks. Sixty-five years later Hugh Hefner's brainchild is going strong, with demand for the brand greater than ever and this magnificent first issue continuing to escalate in value.


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