Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (Willy Rey)


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Beautifully engraved antique specimen stock certificate from Playboy Enterprises, Inc. dating back to the late 1900's. This certificate, which carries the printed signatures of the company Chairman of the Board (Hugh Hefner) and President, was printed by the American Bank Note Company and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h). 


This certificate features a vignette of WIlly Rey - Playboy's February 1971 Playmate of the Month.


You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    Playboy Enterprises, Inc. was originally founded by the late Hugh Hefner in 1953 as HMH Publishing to initially manage the Playboy magazine empire. The company today is structured with two primary business segments: Media (which manages content for print, digital, social, mobile, TV and radio platforms) and Licensing (which licenses the Playboy name, Rabbit Head design and other trademarks, logos and images for use in connection with consumer goods, venues and events). Today, Playboy Enterprises, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development and distribution of content, products and high-profile events that embody both “eroticism and fine art.” The Playboy rabbit logo is one of the most widely recognized and popular brands in the world.

    Playboy also ran forty Playboy Club properties from 1960 to 1986. Playboy operated casinos in England from the mid-1960s to 1981, when they lost their operating license. Playboy also operated a casino in Nassau, Bahamas from 1978 to 1982. From 1981 to 1984, the company was a partner in the Playboy Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Playboy Enterprises was denied a permanent New Jersey gaming license and was forced to sell out to its partner, which changed the name of the hotel/casino to the Atlantis Hotel and Casino. The company returned to the nightlife business with the Playboy Club at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, which opened in 2006 and closed in 2012. Other Playboy Clubs opened in Cancun, Macau, and London in 2010 and 2011.

    Willy Rey

    Willy Rey (born Wilhelmina Rietveld on August 25, 1949 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for its February 1971 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Mario Casilli.

    Willy Rey's nude likeness adorned the stock certificate of Playboy Enterprises at the time of its Initial Public Offering on November 3, 1971.

    She died of an overdose of barbiturates (sleeping pills) in Vancouver on 13 August 1973.