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TOM KELLEY (b. 1914)
TOM KELLEY (b. 1914)

Marilyn Monroe, 1953

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TOM KELLEY (b. 1914)
Marilyn Monroe, 1953
initialed HMH and numbered 195/300 in silver ink (on the recto)
Cibachrome print, printed later
36½ x 29½ in. (92.7 x 74.9 cm.)
RUN DATE: November 1953, What Makes Marilyn?, Sweetheart of the Month, p. 17.
Literature
G. Edgren, The Playboy Book: Forty Years, p. 17 and Chronicle, Playboy: 50 Years - The Photographs.

Lot Essay

As the centerfold for the premier issue of Playboy, Hugh Hefner purchased this previously unpublished shot of the sexy starlet Marilyn Monroe from the John Baumgarth Calendar Company. Today it is synonymous with Playboy's early days. Marilyn graced the pages as the magazine's first "Sweetheart of the Month" invitingly posed on the cover with the promise of more inside. The first issue of the magazine - a "handbook for the urban male" - was printed without a date so that it could remain on newsstands indefinitely and sold more than 50,000 copies.
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