While newsstand sales of Playboy have been in steady decline
for decades, this cover from December 1953 jump-started a cultural revolution of sexual liberation.
The iconic Marilyn Monroe helped launch one of America’s most iconic brands.
The magazine is arguably one of the most influential ever, and still creates controversy.
Copies of the launch issue are being sold by Christie’s auction house for $1,500. Not bad for a fifty cent cover price.
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