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Hefner sold first issue of playboy for 50 cents a copy in 1953

Posted By on Dec 1st, 2013

Hefner sold first issue of playboy for 50 cents a copy

Hefner sold first issue of playboy for 50 cents a copy

Cover Price of Hefner’s First Playboy Issue Mere 50 Cents

Fifty cents bought you a lot more than it does today back in 1953, when Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner put the first issue of his sexy magazine on the newsstands with a cover price of a mere 50 cents.

Hefner managed to sell more than 50,000 copies of the magazine, highlighting a nude blonde actress by the name of Marilyn Monroe prior to her becoming the Hollywood sex siren of all time. One copy of this first edition sold at auction for almost $40,000 and certainly goes down in history as one of the best magazine issue investments of all time.

Within six years of publishing that first 50 cent issue, Hefner was able to purchase a mansion on Chicago’s Gold Coast to serve as his base of operations. It became known as the Playboy Mansion and was home to numerous Playboy Bunnies and Playmates. By 1960, magazine sales were going so strong that Hefner expanded to open the first Playboy Club in Chicago and then moved into the former Palmolive Building by 1965, which served as the headquarters for Playboy Magazine enterprises. As Playboy Magazine celebrates its 60th anniversary, Hefner is West Coast based and busier than ever.

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Hefner sold first issue of playboy for 50 cents a copy
http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/08/us/hugh-hefner-fast-facts/

Hefner sold first issue of playboy for 50 cents a copy
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_is_a_first_edition_Playboy_magazine_worth_in_excellent_condition






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