Marilyn Monroe on first cover of Playboy and object of new auction ©Playboy magazine

Marilyn Monroe on first cover of Playboy and the object of new auction ©Playboy magazine

Playboy‘s first issue from December 1953 was graced with Marilyn Monroe (with Norma Jean stretched along a center page with red satin sheets. Well the original photo, along with many other Monroe pictures can be yours (for a price) at Christie’s auction house on December 8.

The Year of the Rabbit, will auction 125 artworks from Playboy‘s warehouse, photo morgue and Hef‘s mansion, with several watercolors, including a painting by Salvador Dali fresh from Hugh Hefner‘s bedroom wall (as legend has it).

Other items are layout boards and photos with written editorial comments by Hefner.

Some items may not be bargains.  Mouth No. 8 from 1966 by pop artist Tom Wesselmann (a lipsticked open mouth) is expected to fetch $2 million to $3 million.

The gavel should fall on the Monroe photo for a mere 15 grand.

If you miss this round of Playboy memorabilia there are 20 million more photos and many thousands more artworks in Hef‘s deep closets for the next auction.