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Playboy Battles Vanity Fair Over Nudes of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, despite being dead for 50 years, still has a knack for stirring up controversy. The latest incident comes to us thanks to Vanity Fair, which promises to showcase Monroe’s “Lost Nudes.” Playboy, according to The New York Post, is rather annoyed over Vanity Fair’s claim.

“None of these nude photos were lost — in fact, they are in the Playboy photo archives, or have been previously published in Playboy,” a post on the magazine’s site bluntly states. “…We ran them 48 years ago, in our January 1964 issue, or again in January 2005. Sorry, Vanity Fair. Sometimes when something is too good to be true, it really is too good to be true. In the parlance of today: You got got.”

We’re not entirely sure that people actually say “you got got,” but you have to love that bitchy tone. A Vanity Fair spokesperson countered that Playboy’s attack isn’t correct, that some of the nude Monroe photos in its latest issue have, in fact, never been published.

Even with that disclaimer, we doubt that this is over. Apparently nothing lights a fire under Hugh Hefner like pointing out that he published a dead woman’s nudes first, so we look forward to whatever lies ahead.

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