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Rare Marilyn Monroe Playboy Gets Big Bids l Top Selling eBay Auction

WEBWIRE, a website tracking rare items selling on eBay, is reporting bidding has passed $10k, on day two of a seven day auction for a rare Playboy magazine featuring Marilyn Monroe.

The magazine, a first issue of Playboy published in December, 1953, was produced by Hugh Hefner in his Hyde Park kitchen (Chicago). Ironically the issue is undated, because Hefner was uncertain if there would be a second issue at the time.

According to James Massey, Publisher of; “I’ve seen (Playboy) first issues, in very good to excellent condition, sell between $2,000 to $4,000 on eBay, and have read reports of mint condition copies exceeding $5,000 in other auctions. But, I haven’t seen any at this price (exceeding $10k) on eBay before.”

Originally, the first issue of Playboy had a cover price of 50˘ and sold-out in weeks. The reported circulation at that time was 53,991.

To see the current Marilyn Monroe Playboy auction (ends April 13th, 2011), and other rare items selling on eBay visit:, or use the links below.

Recognized media outlets interested in discussing this press release in detail are encouraged to contact James Massey by email at; or, by telephone at 1-206-497-2263.

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