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“Playboy” Magazines

  14 Lots      




Lot 302.  1955 Original Calendar Featuring the “Golden Dreams” Pin-Up Image of Marilyn Monroe. The 10” x 17” calendar provides an 8” x 10” color image of the famous actress and model. Moderate stains are along the edges of the rolled calendar, which contains no advertising. The Monroe photo is unaffected except for a small part of the gold frame and a miniscule spot in the lower right corner. The calendar pages are intact. Monroe was only 22 when this photo was taken in 1949. Financially desperate at the time, she was paid only $50 for this pose on red velvet.
Winning Bid $403     


Lot 303.  June 1954 Issue of “Playboy” Magazine. This issue of “Playboy” features an encore appearance by Margie Harrison, the actress and model that was the magazine’s first designated “Playmate of the Month” in the January 1954 issue. In “Playboy’s” inaugural magazine in Dec. 1953, Marilyn Monroe was the “Sweetheart of the Month” and did not appear in the center pages. The June issue also features fiction by Somerset Maugham, a profile of Orson Welles and artwork by Heinrich Kley. Vg+ to ex.
Winning Bid $70     


Lot 304.  July 1954 Issue of “Playboy” Magazine. In an article that asks “What’s Happening to Baseball?” sportswriter Jay Arnold “takes the old game apart and puts it back together again.” Fiction is provided by William Hope Hodgson, and satire, by Shepherd Mead. Neva Gilbert, an American model and aspiring actress, is the “Playmate of the Month.” She appeared in the magazine again, 25 years later, in the Dec. 1979 issue. Ex-m.
Minimum Bid $70     


Lot 305.  August 1954 Issue of “Playboy” Magazine. Fantasy by Ray Bradbury titled “The Flying Machine,” humor by Robert C. Ruark and cartoons by Hef are among the highlights of this issue. Arline Hunter, an actress and model, was the “Playmate of the Month.” Her centerfold was the first that was not purchased by Hugh Hefner from the John Baumgarth Co. Ed DeLong was the photographer. In the 1960s, he provided many of the magazine’s “Playmate” photographs. Hunter had a limited TV and movie career through the 1960s. Vg+ to ex.
Minimum Bid $50     


Lot 306.  September 1954 Issue of “Playboy” Magazine. Besides a “Playmate of the Month” named Jackie Rainbow, this issue offers a Bob Hope article on golf, a Charles Beaumont story set in the world of jazz and illustrated by Leroy Neiman, and articles with photos featuring Louie “Satchmo” Armstrong and Gina Lollobrigida. Carlyle Blackwell photographed Rainbow, a model whose last name apparently was “Emery.” Art Paul, “Playboy’s” art director for 30 years, provided the cover art. Ex.
Minimum Bid $30     


Lot 307.  October 1954 Issue of “Playboy” Magazine. In this “College Issue,” W. Somerset Maugham contributes “Appearance and Reality,” a fictional story, and Ray Russell offers satire concerning Hollywood. The magazine also has a selection of “College Drinking Songs” and a feature on U.S. censorship of foreign films. The “Playmate of the Month” is Madeline Castle, who was photographed by Jack and Jean Drebet. Castle was a model in pin-ups and men’s magazines during the 1950s and early 1960s. Vg+ to ex.
Minimum Bid $25     


Lot 308.  November 1954 Issue of “Playboy” Magazine. “Boxing on the Ropes,” an article by sportswriter Jay Arnold, is featured in this issue. “The Motoring Playboy” offers four pages of illustrations depicting classic cars and their drivers. “August Afternoon” by novelist Erskine Caldwell is the month’s key short story. And the “Playmate of the Month” was Diane Hunter, a pseudonym for Gale Rita Morris, an American model. Vg-ex to ex.
Winning Bid $25     


Lot 309.  “Playboy” Magazine’s First Anniversary Issue - December 1954. The magazine marked its first anniversary with fiction by Charles Schafhauser, humor by Max Shulman, a selection of Limericks and two pages of photos featuring Marlene Dietrich and Terry Moore to illustrate the “Las Vegas Skin Game.” The “Playmate of the Month” was Terry Ryan, an American model. Her pictorial was the first done under Playboy’s direct supervision. Her photo is not only on the centerfold, but also on the front and back covers. Inside the magazine are six additional pages of her photos in a pictorial titled “Photographing a Playmate.” Norwin Bigelow is the photographer shown. Vg+ to ex with the centerfold loose.
Winning Bid $25     


Lot 310.  January 1955 “Playboy” Magazine with Bettie Page as “Playmate of the Month. Short stories by John Steinbeck, Erskine Caldwell and Ray Bradbury make this issue worth reading. Photography by Bunny Yeager makes it worth viewing. Yeager shot the centerfold image of Bettie Page. In 1954, Page was already a top pin-up model when she met Yeager, equally famous as a model, during a vacation in Florida. Yeager, whose photography augmented her modeling income, signed Page for a photo session at a wildlife park in Boca Raton. She took more than 1,000 photos and then submitted some to Hugh Hefner at “Playboy.” After Hefner made Page this magazine’s Miss January, her popularity grew. She was named 1955 “Miss Pinup Girl of the World.” Vg+ to ex.
Winning Bid $138     


Lot 311.  February 1955 “Playboy” with Jayne Mansfield as “Playmate of the Month. Mansfield’s film career was just getting under way when she appeared in “Playboy” as Miss February. In addition to her centerfold, the magazine has a story on Louie Armstrong, fiction by John W. Jakes and Ivan Gold, drawings by Heinrich Kley and a 1955 boxing preview. Vg+ to ex.
Winning Bid $92     


Lot 312.  9 “Playboy” Magazines – April Through December 1955. Charles Beaumont, Ray Bradbury, Dave Brubeck, Herbert Gold, W. Somerset Maugham, Shepherd Mead, Roger Price, Irwin Shaw, Earl Wilson and P.G. Wodehouse are just some of the authors represented on the pages of these issues. Fiction, satire, sports, music, humor, art, and contemporary news and events are presented in the stories and articles. In six of these nine issues, the “Playmate of the Month” centerfold is accompanied by two to four additional pages of photos. Two of the Playmates, Miss November and Miss December, are on the magazine’s cover. Two of these models were also three-time Playmates – Janet Pilgrim, July and Dec. 1955 and Oct. 1956; and Marilyn Waltz, Feb. and April 1954 and April 1955. Pilgrim, who is pictured on the Dec. 1955 cover, was an office worker for “Playboy,” and a model. Waltz was an actress and model. In her first “Playboy” appearance, she was billed as “Marilyn Scott.” The other playmates are Marguerite Empey (May), a receptionist for a Hollywood broadcasting company and a drama and dance student who was the Playmate again in Feb. 1956; Eve Meyer (June, born Evelyn Turner), an American pin-up model, motion picture actress and film producer who was married to filmmaker Russ Meyer; Pat Lawler (Aug.), a model; Anne Fleming (Sept.), a dance instructor; Jean Moorehead (Oct.; also spelled her name “Moorhead”), a former Miss Hollywood who acted in the 1956 movie “The Violent Years,” scripted by Ed Wood, and in “Death Valley Days,” the TV western, in 1957; and Barbara Cameron, a model and November Playmate who also is on the magazine cover. Two issues are ex, and the others are vg-ex or vg+ to ex.
Winning Bid $218     


Lot 313.  11 “Playboy” Magazines – January Through November 1956. Among the authors in these issues are Benny Goodman, Charles Beaumont, Robert Block, Ray Bradbury, Erskine Caldwell, John Collier, Stanley Cooperman, Robert Dahl, Adrian Conan Doyle, Herbert Gold, Shepherd Mead, Blake Rutherford, John Wallace, Evelyn Waugh, Alice Denham, Jules Archer, Earl Wilson, Charles Einstein and P.G. Wodehouse. Subjects of articles include Stan Kenton, Victor Borge, Jayne Mansfield, auto racing, boxing and the Newport Jazz Festival. Here is a list of the “Playmates of the Month” and some interesting features of the various issues. Almost all of the Playmates have two pages of photos in addition to the fold-out: Jan. – Holiday issue with Lynn Turner as the Playmate, no photos beyond the two-page fold-out; also, nine pages of the first two dozen playmates. Feb. – Playmate Marguerite Empey, model, dancer and actress in her second “Playboy” appearance. Her photos were taken by film director Russ Meyer. Also, an Earl Wilson article on Jayne Mansfield with four photos. March – Playmate Marian Stafford, who did some TV commercials for Revlon and RCA. Her centerfold was “Playboy’s” first triple-page fold-out. April – Playmate Rusty Fisher; article with photos on Diana Dors. May – Playmate Marion Scott, a German-born American model who became a clothing and pulp fiction model; pictorial of singer Meg Myles. June – Playmate Gloria Walker; five-page pictorial of Sally Todd titled “Champagne Flight to VEGAS.” She became “Playmate of the Month” for Feb. 1957. July – Playmate Alice Denham, a model, author and former adjunct professor of English at the City University of New York. Her short story “The Deal” appears in this issue, which also has a photo spread of Maria English, who appeared in some B movies, and five pages on the Newport Jazz Festival. Aug. - Jonnie Nicely, a model who became a mechanic at a Rockwell B-1 bomber plant in California. She apparently was supposed to be “Miss October” 1955, but creative conflicts are said to have pushed her centerfold to this issue. The Oct. 1955 issue presented four pictorial pages of her and Jean Moorehead, the issue’s centerfold. This issue also has a four-page tip-in with Shel Silverstein illustrations. Sept. – Playmate Elsa Sorensen, a Danish model and Miss Denmark who married singer Guy Mitchell in 1956; they divorced in 1965. Also, a pictorial from the filming of the Folies-Bergere movie. Oct. – Playmate Janet Pilgrim, a model and “Playboy” office worker, making her third Playmate appearance, this time with five additional pages of photos. She was the magazine’s Playmate in July and Dec. 1955. This issue was “Playboy’s” College Issue, and it contained the ballot for the magazine’s first Jazz Poll. Nov. – Playmate Betty Blue, a Los Angeles office manager. These issues average ex.
Winning Bid $132     


Lot 314.  9 Issues of Playboy Magazine – All from 1957. These magazines are for January through May, July, August, November and December. Charles Beaumont, Fredric Brown, Morton Fineman, Gerald Kersh, John Lardner, and Blake Rutherford are a few of the authors to be found on the pages of these issues. Fred Astaire, Jimmy Durante, George Jessel and Phil Silvers are contributing authors to an article on New Year’s resolutions. Cartoons by Shel Silverstein can also be found. Here are “Playmates of the Month” and content highlights: Jan. – Playmate June Blair, a model. This issue has a five-page “Playmate Review” with 12 Playmates, reader feedback on the Jazz Poll, a Ray Bradbury story illustrated by Picasso nudes, and an article on Charlie Parker. Feb. - Sally Todd, an American actress and model who was the focus of a five-page pictorial in the June 1956 issue. The magazine has “1957” written on the front cover. Inside are a five-page Jayne Mansfield pictorial and the 1957 Playboy All-Stars with Stan Kenton leader, Benny Goodman clarinet, Louis Armstrong trumpet, Frank Sinatra male vocalist, Four Freshmen vocal group, Ella Fitzgerald female vocalist, Stan Getz tenor sax and others. March – Playmate Sandra Edwards, a ballerina. This issue has a John Lardner article “Boxing 1957” and two pages of Vargas Girls. The centerfold is loose at one staple, and pages 29-30 and 55-58 have been removed. April – Playmate Gloria Windsor, a model and lingerie store worker. May - Dawn Richard, a model and actress, with four pictorial pages. Also, five pages of Shel Silverstein drawings in “Return to Tokyo” and five pictorial pages from Al Capp of “Li’l Abner’s Gals.” July – Playmate Jean Jani, flight attendant and model. Humor by William Iverson and four pages of “Silverstein in Scandinavia.” Aug. - Dolores Donlon, a model, with three pages of additional photos instead of the usual two. The magazine offers Jacob Hay fiction illustrated by Bob Hodgell, a satirical and irreverent artist, and an article each by Robert Paul Smith and Max Shulman. Together they wrote the Broadway comedy “The Tender Trap,” which became a Frank Sinatra movie, and Shulman wrote “Rally Round the Flag, Boys!” Nov. – Playmate Marlene Callahan, an actress, model and photographer, plus a Leonard Feather article on Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, and a three-page pictorial with Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield. Dec. – Fourth Anniversary Issue with Playmate Linda Vargas, a model and occasional actress. Photographer Peter Gowland used her images in many of his instruction books. This issue has fiction by Budd Schulberg, nine pages of visual creations by Harvey Kurtzman of “Mad” magazine fame, the transcript of a Mike Wallace interview of Hugh Hefner, and a Bunny Yeager pictorial of Lisa Winters as “Playboy’s” first “Playmate of the Year.” Pages 26-27 are missing from this issue. Technically, with pages missing, the March issue grades p-f, and the December issue, f. Among the seven other issues, two are g, one vg, two vg-ex and two ex
Winning Bid $204     


Lot 315.  13 Issues of Playboy Magazine – 1958 to 1960. The 1958 issues are for January through April, August, and October through December; for 1959: June through August, and for 1960, February and July. These issues have articles or stories by such authors as Steve Allen, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Blake Rutherford, William Safire and John Steinbeck. Drawings or cartoons by Shel Silverstein and Gahan Wilson appear in most editions. Of course, each issue has a “Playmate of the Month.” Following are highlights of each issue and the names of selected Playmates: Jan 1958 Holiday Issue with “Playboy’s” Playmate Review, five pages, 12 playmates. “Silverstein in Paris,” seven pages. Jack Kerouac story, “The Rumbling, Rambling Blues.” Feb. 1958 - Playmate Cheryl Kubert, who had a bit part in “Pal Joey.” The magazine has a five-page pictorial “The Nude Jayne Mansfield” and presents the 1958 Jazz All-Stars, including Stan Kenton as leader, Stan Getz tenor sax; Benny Goodman clarinet, Erroll Garner piano, Lionel Hampton vibes, Frank Sinatra male vocalist and Ella Fitzgerald, female vocalist. March 1958 – “Boxing 1958” by Ed Pazdur. “The Best of Brigitte (Bardot),” four pages. Five pages of “Silverstein in Moscow,” Martin Scott satire “Hickory, Dickory, Kerouac,” and an early Gahan Wilson cartoon. April 1958 - John Steinbeck fable in three pages, “The Short Short-Story of Mankind.” Feature on Leroy Neiman, “Painter of the Urban Scene.” Aug. 1958 - Article on Leonard Bernstein, first American-born conductor of the New York Philharmonic. “The Sick Little World of Jules Feiffer,” satire, three pages on the “boy-girl relationship.” Oct. 58 - Two playmates, Mara Corday and Pat Sheehan (Crosby), four pages of photos plus a centerfold printed back-to-back, with a three-page fold-out of Sheehan and a two-page Corday fold-out. Third Annual Playboy Jazz Poll ballot. Nov. 58 – Playmate Joan Staley, whose film and TV career lasted into the early 1970s. Her credits include “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” where she displayed her comedic abilities, several Perry Mason episodes, a co-starring role with Don Knotts in “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” and many other TV series. An article on Frank Sinatra calls him “the love god of our time,” and Brigitte Bardot returns to “Playboy” in a four-page portfolio, “Peekaboo Brigitte.” Dec. 1958 - Steve Allen fiction, “Everybody Hates David Starbuck.” “Playboy’s” most popular Playmates from the first 5 years – Barbara Cameron, Nov. 1955; Elizabeth Ann Roberts, Jan. 1958; Jayne Mansfield, Feb. 1955; Lisa Winters, Dec. 1956, and Janet Pilgrim, three issues. June 1959 - Playmate Marilyn Hanold, worked as an assistant George Gobel. “Origins of the Beat Generation” by Jack Kerouac. July 1959 - Article on “Playboy’s” upcoming First Jazz Festival; article on pianist Oscar Levant. Three beatnik poems - by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso. Aug 1959 - Pictorial of June Wilkinson in Hollywood, six pages. She worked with Spike Jones' band, together with actor Billy Barty, and appeared in “Playboy” seven times. She was one of the world's most-photographed women in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Feb. 1960 - The 1960 Playboy (Jazz) All-Stars, seven pages, article by Leonard Feather. Most of the winners are the same as in the Feb. 1958 issue. Two pages of Leroy Neiman artwork from Hialeah Race Course. “The Best of (Jayne) Mansfield,” six pages of text and photos. Cartoons by Jack Davis and Gahan Wilson. July 1960 - Playmate Teddi Smith a receptionist who became a Bunny at the Chicago Playboy Club and appeared five times in the magazine in the mid-1960s. Shel Silverstein and Gahan Wilson each have two pages. The issues average vg-ex.
Winning Bid $301     




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