Many serious collectors would swear that the holy grail of collectibles came into being on December of 1953. The debut issue of Hugh Hefner’s wild and wooly Playboy Magazine featuring Marilyn Monroe, who was lucky enough (considered so by every one except possibly the actress herself) to be chosen for the cover and shocking centerfold, hit the streets costing a paltry 50 cents an issue.
For years, since the release of this iconic first issue, collectors, yes even the crew of Pawn Stars and the American Pickers trio, have been on the hunt for pristine copies of this American original which can fetch thousands of dollars depending on condition.
Hugh Hefner, only twenty-seven years old and unsure of whether or not his new magazine would actually sell, released a mere 54,000 copies of Playboy, Volume 1 Number 1 which also featured the first image of the Playboy Bunny in a smoking jacket and pipe. The first issue sold out fast due to the enormous popularity of Marilyn Monroe and the rest, as they say, is certainly history! So, you ask, how much is a first issue Playboy magazine actually worth? Copies of Playboy #1 have been known to sell for as high as $65,000. So, put that in Hugh Hefner’s pipe and smoke it.
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