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Following its well-attended inaugural exhibition in Hong Kong in January, Julien’s Auctions, the leading Hollywood auction house, unveiled the full catalogue of its headline-making event, Property From the Playboy Archives AND The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, and Property From The Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe,taking place from March 28 to March 30 (Thursday to Saturday) in Los Angeles live and online. 

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This much anticipated three-day event will showcase over 600 historical treasures of Hugh Hefner and Marilyn Monroe and Playboy Enterprises that bring together these three iconoclasts of 20th-century America for the first time in auction history.  View some of these incredible highlights in Julien’s video here.

AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

Playboy Enterprises Collection of Rare Fine Artwork

At the centerpiece is the Playboy Enterprises collection of rare fine artwork that has not been seen since they were displayed in the famed Playboy Mansions and international Playboy headquarters and throughout the pages of Playboy magazine issues. One of the largest collections ever assembled of the famed pin-up art legend and pioneer Alberto Vargas’ famed “Vargas Girl” pinups will be among the stellar highlights

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Playboy’s iconic Femlin drawings and expressionist paintings by the legendary and popular American artist LeRoy Neiman are another important collection to be offered for the first time at auction and exclusively at Julien’s. In 1955, after the launch of Playboy magazine, editor/publisher Hugh Hefner commissioned LeRoy Neiman for the illustrations in his men’s magazine and created the Femlin, a sexy female gremlin wearing only opera gloves, stockings, and high heels. Each issue of Playboy featured two black and white Femlin figures in various activities of sport and leisure, as well pointed to the historical events of its time. Neiman contributed his Femlin drawings to the magazine for 50 years, which became a beloved Playboy mainstay, as well as a pop culture icon and, ironically, a symbol of women’s rights.

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Leroy Neiman’s Femlin with champagne drawing from Playboy magazine’sJanuary 1958 issue.  Est. US$4,000-6,000Leroy Neiman’s Femlin grieving Martin Luther King Junior drawing. Est. US$4,000-6,000Leroy Neiman’s Playboy 50th Anniversary signed drawing of a Femlin lounging on a Rabbit head logo inscribed “1955-2005”. Est. US$8,000-10,000Leroy Neiman’s Stage Bar Painting, seen in Playboy magazine’s August 1962 issue  Est. US$100,000-200,000

Artworks from Acclaimed 20th-Century’s Artists

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Bill Utterback’s painting of Henry Kissinger as a parade float. Est. US$1,000-2,000Andy Warhol’s photo collage of Patti D’arbanville. Est. US$60,000-80,000Keith Haring’s vintage poster titled “Bunny on the Move,” originally created for Playboy in 1986. Est. US$800-1,200



Bea Paul’s Mr. Playboy fashion collage. Est. US$2,000-3,000
Robert Branham’s Playboy penthouse apartment architectural rendering. Est.  US$2,000-3,000Jim Beaman’s painting titled “Mona Lisa,” from Playboy magazine’s December 1963 issue. Est. US$2,000-3,000
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Iconic Memorabilia from Playboy and Hugh Hefner

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Bunny costume designed by Roberto Cavalli and worn by Palms Club Bunny Michelle Garlick Circa 2000s. Est. US$1,000-2,000Name embroidered silk pajamas and slippers. Est. US$800-1,200Playboy 25th anniversary pink bomber jacket. Est. US$400-600Playboy casino slot machine Est. US$4,000-6,000

Memorabilia and Ephemera from Marilyn Monroe’s Life and Career

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Annotated script for Marilyn Monroe’s final and uncompleted film Something’s Got to Give. Est. US$20,000-30,000Passport photo of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio taken in 1954 prior to their departure for their honeymoon trip to Tokyo and goodwill tour to Korea. Est. US$10,000-20,000Original first edition “Playboy” magazine in 1953, featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover.  Est. US$2,000-4,000Marilyn Monroe’s custom shade of Elizabeth Arden lipstick in a goldtone case with typewritten label. Est. US$7,000-9,000
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“The Seven Year Itch” Film-worn black evening gown with photo and magazine.   Est. US$100,000-200,000(Top Left) Red and white polka dot umbrella used by Marilyn Monroe in a 1949 photo shoot on Jones Beach with photographer Andre de Dienes. Est. US$20,000-30,000. (Bottom Left) Andre De Dienes 1949 Photoshoot Personal Camera. Est. US$4,000-6,000. (Right) Limited-Edition Andre De Dienes Print. Est.US$800-1,200

Marilyn Monroe x Hugh Hefner

Both born in 1926, Marilyn Monroe and Hugh Hefner gained worldwide fame together when Marilyn appeared in Hefner’s inaugural 1953 issue of Playboy. The magazine’s cover image and centerfold featuring Marilyn launched the success of Hefner’s groundbreaking men’s lifestyle magazine, which the publisher transformed into an iconic global brand. Marilyn’s appearance in Playboy instantly made her a household name and an enduring sex symbol and modern feminist icon. 

Although these two figures never intersected in reality, their legacies are inextricably linked. Both were influential symbols of the sexual revolution, and their personalities and portrayal s had a profound impact on society and the cultural landscape until today. In 1992, Hugh Hefner purchased the tomb next to Marilyn Monroe’s resting place at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Lo s Angeles, where he was laid to rest in 2017.

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AUCTION & US EXHIBITONS DETAILS

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AUCTION Property From The Playboy Archives and The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation and Property From The Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe
Venue: NYA Studios East, 1541 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028 Free and open to the public exhibition (10am-5pm daily)
Date/Time: Thursday, March 28: 7pm (Pacific Time) / 10am+1 (Hong Kong Time) Friday, March 29:  10am (Pacific Time) / 1am + 1 (Hong Kong Time) Saturday, March 30:  10am (Pacific Time) / 1am + 1 (Hong Kong Time

Julien’s Auctions

For the moments that matter.

You know that moment when the lights dim, right before your favorite band starts playing? Or that feeling right before the credits roll on a movie that changed your whole world in an instant? The air is charged with anticipation and words are never going to do it justice because you just really had to be there. 

At Julien’s, we exist to bring those moments back into your life through iconic artifacts and one-of-a-kind collections. Whether collaborating directly with artists, partnering with legendary estates, or working closely with discerning collectors, our auctions make culture pop with the promise of discovery and reconnection. From Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Ringo Starr to Lady Gaga, Banksy, and Kurt Cobain—from LA to the world, we are where originals find their kind.

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