Updated: 30/09/2013 15:30 | By Hugh Wilson, contributor, MSN Him
The life and times of Hugh Hefner

As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder

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As part of Playboy’s birthday celebrations, the original Playboy himself – founder Hugh Hefner – is the centrepiece of a sumptuous six-volume illustrated autobiography by book publisher Taschen, featuring the spiciest centrefolds and the best articles from Playboy’s first 25 years.

These were the magazine’s halcyon days, when it displayed nubile female flesh alongside interviews with presidents and in-depth features on international affairs. Then there was the Playboy Mansion, the parties and the Bunny girls.

To celebrate, we look back on some of the best images from the halcyon days of Playboy.

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