(above & beyond appraised value of key alone). Playboy Club co-founder, the late Victor Lownes, emailed me verifying it's authenticity as one of the original 8 "C 1" keys. Jeffry was the co-founder & owner of Acme Connections Inc.
Jeffry was possibly the foremost expert on Playboy memorabilia. He was a friend of Hugh Hefner's & a collector for many decades.
His written appraisal is included. He also said that 2 events would INCREASE the value of this key. The key being featured & aired on Pawn Stars (which has happened - a few times + is one of the episodes History Channel has uploaded & features on YouTube). The death of Hugh Hefner - which happened on September 27, 2017. This key was featured on Pawn Stars TV Show in 2014.The show's producers included this FOUNDER key in the same segment with a set of Playboy Club MEMBER keys - which this key is NOT - which shows you what they know. They're not in the same league.
Keep in mind that Pawn Stars is a TV show - which is all about RATINGS, not reality. The Harrison's are NOT certified appraisers. Rick looks & acts like a biker, but he drives a Rolls Royce. That same episode, Rick bought a bunny tail plaque from me above appraised value. The front of the key looks like a member key, but the unique engraving on the back "C 1" identifies it as a FOUNDER key - which is documented in writing by one of the original founders.
In the 1960's & 1970's, Playboy Club rules stated that NO ONE could date the Playboy Bunnies EXCEPT the C1 key holders, which included Hugh Hefner, Keith Hefner, Victor Lownes, Arnie Morton & 4 other legendary men of the 1950's & 1960's. PLEASE SEE PICS FOR MORE DETAILS. NEVER EXPOSED TO SMOKE, PETS, CHILDREN, ETC.The item "PAWN STARS 1959 Vintage Playboy Club FOUNDER C1 key1 of 8 APPRAISED @ $100K" is in sale since Monday, April 10, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Vintage, Retro, Mid-Century\1960s". The seller is "pjtv1" and is located in Henderson, Nevada. This item can be shipped worldwide.