Hugh Hefner fans have the chance to get their hands on some of the late star’s prized possessions.
Hefner, who died in September 2017 aged 91, was known for his pipe, red smoking jacket, and captain’s hat — all of which will be going up for auction this weekend.
The catalogue of a whopping 836 items will be auctioned off by Julien’s in Los Angeles, according to NBC News, and will include a pair of Hefner’s silk pyjamas (worth $2,000) and a vintage Wurlitzer jukebox ($20,000).
Hefner also had a first edition of “The Great Gatsby”, which will be on the auction block.
Hefner’s daughter Christie, Playboy Enterprises’ former chair and CEO, said, according to the Hollywood Reporter: “I didn’t even know he had a first edition of ‘The Great Gatsby’.
“I think you can imagine why he’d be drawn to it, in the sense of the host who threw the most elaborate and fantastic parties, but also just as a great lover of words.
“It’s curious to see gifts you’ve given him yourself become part of the auction. There’s a cool sign I found in an antique store in New Orleans that he’d put up every year at the mansion to kick off the jazz festival, and an old Monopoly board featuring Chicago landmarks, with Playboy being one of them.”
Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, told “NBC News”: “We are finding that everyone wants a piece of Hef, and the most sought-after items are his trademark pyjamas, robes, slippers, and pipes, along with items that were in the mansion as part of his historic life and career.”
Proceeds from the auction, which will take place between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, will benefit the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, a charity the icon founded in 1964.