Gifts - Playbunny

  • Product Code: Gifts - Playbunny
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PLAY-BUNNY - Vintage Rare Necklace

One of a kind special silver-tone and gold hardware play-bunny pendant/necklace.
This play-bunny pendant is adorned with crystals and black stones, and comes with a thick/long chain, however, you can always get your own finer or shorter chain to hang the play-bunny pendant if you so desire. It’s simply a magnificent and unique hard to find item.

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According to Hugh Hefner, the Bunny was inspired by ‘Bunny's Tavern’ in Urbana, Illinois, USA. ‘Bunny's Tavern’ was named for its original owner, Bernard "Bunny" Fitzsimmons, who opened for business in 1936, serving daily food specials for a mere thirty-five cents, as well as ten-cent draft beers.

Bunny's catered to locals, and University of Illinois students alike. One of those students (in the late 1940s) was ‘Hugh Hefner’. Hefner formally acknowledged the origin of the Playboy Bunny in a letter to Bunny's Tavern, which is now framed and on public display in the bar.

The original Playboy Bunny costume was created by the mother of ‘Ilse Taurins’, a Latvian émigré who was dating one of the Playboy Club co-founders at the time, ‘Victor Lownes lll’.

‘Ms. Taurins’ had suggested a costume modelled on the Playboy Magazine trademark, a rabbit or bunny. She had her mother, who was a seamstress, make up a prototype, which was then reviewed at a meeting attended by Playboy Club co-founders Hugh Hefner, Victor Lownes and Arnold Morton, as well as frequent Playboy illustrator ‘LeRoy Neiman’.

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