Marilyn Monroe
Three magazines each featuring Monroe on the cover, titles include; an original copy of PLAYBOY Entertainment for Men 1st Issue, [n.d. but December, 1953], with Marilyn Monroe front cover image and featuring her as the inside centrefold, the latter billed First Time in any magazine Full Color the famous Marilyn Monroe Nude; a magazine titled Marilyn Monroe Pin-ups, dated 1953 and a copy of Modern Screen Pin-Ups Vol.1, No. 1, 1955 (3)

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Hugh Hefner launched his new magazine for men by announcing Monroe as the magazine's first Sweetheart of the Month, using Tom Kelly's now famous nude photograph of Marilyn. The first issue was not numbered as Hefner did not know if it would be successful enough to merit the publishing of further editions. The maiden issue is said to have sold out in less than two weeks, ensuring the future success of the magazine and the playboy brand.

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