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Lot 14: 1976 Playboy Tie Bar and Cufflinks from Elvis Presley's Personal Collection
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
In 1953, a revolutionary new men's adult lifestyle and entertainment magazine was created by Hugh Hefner in Chicago and was called Playboy. This new publication would play a vital role in the sexual revolution of the period, with the first Playboy Men's Clubs opening soon thereafter in the 1960s. The first issue of Playboy, released in December of 1953, famously included a nude centerfold of Marilyn Monroe, setting the tone for future issues and establishing the magazine's popularity. The original logo of the rabbit with tuxedo tie was intended to be frisky and playful, a symbol of the magazine's intent. The rabbit was chosen in part, of course, because they are well known for their frequent proclivity to reproduce.
The offered tie bar and cufflinks with Playboy logo originally came from the personal collection of Elvis Presley as attested in the letter from Sam Thompson, which reads in part, "While at Graceland in late 1976, I noticed a box with a set of Playboy Bunny cufflinks and tie tack in Elvis' office outside his upstairs bedroom. When I mentioned them to Elvis, he said they had been a gift from Hugh Hefner and that he had stayed at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles and had also used the Playboy Bunny aircraft prior to acquiring the Lisa Marie. He then handed them to me and gave them to me as a gift." A converging of two iconic 1970s brands. The tie bar measures 3/4 by 1 1/2 inches (1.91 x 3.81 cm) and the cufflinks with toggle back each measure 5/8 by 3/4 inches (1.59 x 1.91 cm) and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The cufflinks show no discernible wear, while the tie bar shows signs of wear, including finish loss on the rabbitâs ears and face. Excellent to Mint condition overall.