Marilyn Monroe is back for Christmas this year and on the cover of Playboy magazine again. It's now 59 years since her appearance on the very first issue. Here's the cover and the original print which sold for $17,500 at Christie's in London on 8th December 2010. The Year of the Rabbit: The Playboy Collection, was an auction of 85 photographs that have featured in the world-famous publication. Item: Photographer Unknown. Marilyn Monroe, first cover, December 1953, gelatin silver print.
When Marilyn Monroe posed for Earl Moran in the ﬁrst of their sessions that took place between I946 and I950, she was just I9 and an aspiring actress. More of Moran's photos are here at Playboy.com.