Christie's, New York, Playboy at 50, December 17, 2003, lot 2.
I can be smart when it's important, but most men don't like it. -- Marilyn Monroe (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953)
Edgren, The Playboy Book: Forty Years, Stoddart, 1998, p. 17;
Playboy: 50 Years - The Photographs, Chronicle Books, 2003.
Marilyn Monroe: Photographs from the Collection of Michaela and Leon Constantiner, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel, May 13 - September 25, 2004;
I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe from the Leon and Michaela Constantiner Collection, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, November 12, 2004 - April 3, 2005, Toledo Museum of Art and Bass Museum of Art.
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While preparing the launch issue of his magazine Playboy, Hugh Hefner purchased from the John Baumgarten Calendar Company a previously unpublished nude colour shot of the young Marilyn Monroe. She became the magazine's first 'Sweetheart of the Month' and the picture became an instant icon.