NEW YORK, July 24 (UPI) -- Playboy Magazine is celebrating its 50th birthday by selling some of its assets, including proofs of the first James Bond novel, published in Playboy in 1963.
The London Telegraph said Playboy is not only well known for its women, but for its literature as well. The magazine, over the years, has featured such authors as Ian Fleming, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke.
And as part of its 50th anniversary, more than 300
Playboy items will be auctioned at Christie's in New York. Bidders at the Dec. 17 auction are expected to offer as much as $25,000 for some items.
Included in the auction will be more than 70 original prints of photographs, such as an early portrait of Marilyn Monroe and John Derek's nude picture of his wife, Bo, which is expected to gain up to $7,000 in bids.
Other paintings, drawings and cartoons used to illustrate the magazine over the 50 years are included in the sale.