PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF HUGH M. HEFNER
Fans, celebrities, museums and universities all bid to own a piece of Hugh Hefner history at the Julien's Auctions live auction in December 2018. The auction fetched over $3 million for items previously owned by Hef and 100% of the proceeds went to benefit the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation.
It was Hef's plan all along that his possessions be sold at auction and the proceeds be used to further advance his lifetime commitment to the defense of civil rights and civil liberties. Hef loved and appreciated his fans so it was also very fitting that they might be able to win one of his personal items.
Hef's vintage Underwood Standard Portable typewriter—the typewriter on which he created the first issue of Playboy magazine—was the highest-selling item of the auction at $162,000. Other highlights from the sale included Hef's personal collection of bound Playboy magazines, sold for $76,800; his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, sold for $57,600; his 1980 "NBA World Champions" Los Angeles Lakers ring—a gift from friend and LA Lakers owner Jerry Buss—sold for $53,125; his iconic smoking jacket, sold for $41,600; and his personal copy of the inaugural issue of Playboy magazine, sold for $31,250.
Jim Belushi attended the auction and purchased a leather-bound script from the episode of "Saturday Night Live" that Hef hosted on October 15, 1977 when Belushi's brother, John, was part of the cast.
IMAGES FROM THE JULIEN'S AUCTIONS EXHIBITION AND AUCTION VENUE IN BEVERLY HILLS.