One of my autograph buddies always makes the two-plus hour drive to L.A. for autographs. Sometimes I hit him up to get me a signature, if it’s a book signing or something like that. I remember once he called me at a book signing and said, “For $50, they have this book that shows every Playboy centerfold, starting with the first issue.”
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was signing them, and I said “Nah. I’m not that into him, but thanks.”
After we hung up the phone, I realized how many times I’ve interviewed the cast of a movie, or an actress...only to find out she was a one time Playboy centerfold. I thought it might be something I could occasionally get signed [side note: is anybody buying this explanation?].
I called him back and told him to buy me one.
Now, I debated on spending $50 for a signature of Hefner. Imagine my surprise when I heard about an auction Julien’s had with many Hefner items. The typewriter he used in college made the most. It went for $162,500. That makes absolutely no sense to me. This wasn’t Hemingway’s typewriter. And, I think I’d wear gloves when handling it.
His complete set of Playboy magazines went for $76,800.
Now, just as my favorite item in an Elvis auction 20 years ago, was a bottle of pills with his name and info typed on it, that sold for $100. At the time, I thought that would be like owning the toilet seat he croaked on. But I digest.
The item in this auction that had that bizarre type of appeal to me….a gold and onyx ring with a hidden compartment, that Hefner keep a Viagra pill. That went for $22,400 (Viagra not included).
As a cigar smoker, I would’ve loved to have his iconic smoking jacket. But the winning bid of $41,600….was $41,000 out of my price range.
He had a first edition “The Great Gatsby” that fetched a pretty penny.
The auction took place over the weekend, with the proceeds benefiting the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, which defends civil rights and civil liberties.
I so tried to think of a joke about the right to bear arms and bare your body...but I couldn’t think of how to word it. If you can think of a way to do the joke, please insert it here.