Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's signature pajamas, captain's hat and other quintessential fashion pieces will be auctioned. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Julien's Auctions will open bidding in Beverly Hills at The Standard Oil Building or online for the late Playboy mogul's property on November 30 and December 1. Hefner died in September 2017 at age 91.
All proceeds of the sale will go to the Hugh M Hefner Foundation, supporting First Amendment rights and "rational" sex and drug policies.
The collection includes Hefner's iconic fashion pieces such as his white captain's hat, custom smoking jacket, silk pajamas and Briar pipe with Playboy bunny logo, estimated at about USD 2,000 each.
Two top items are Hefner's complete personal set of bound volumes of Playboy magazines (USD 20,000- USD 40,000) and his Playboy Legacy Collection Gold, a limited edition set of 48 photograph prints in a wood case with gold embossing (USD 20,000-USD 30,000).
Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions, said Hefner's "life and legacy truly embodied the American dream."
"Hef" started a school paper in high school, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and launched the first issue in 1953 after garnering USD 8,000 to start his company. When he died, he had about USD 50 million in liquid assets.
Daughter Christie Hefner, now president of his foundation, says she is proud the sale will benefit charity "to advance his life's commitment to individual rights in a free society."