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Lindsay Lohan's Playboy issue 'breaking sales records,' Hef says

By Alan Duke, CNN
December 18, 2011 -- Updated 2139 GMT (0539 HKT)
Lindsay Lohan, 25, was reportedly paid close to $1 million to pose for Playboy.
Lindsay Lohan, 25, was reportedly paid close to $1 million to pose for Playboy.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Just 1 of 12 newsstands in 4 U.S. cities surveyed report selling out of the issue
  • A Playboy official tells CNN sales are going "very well"
  • Lohan earns nearly $1 million for posing nude for Playboy
  • Legal troubles keep the actress off the big screen

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Lindsay Lohan's nude photo spread for Playboy is helping the men's magazine break sales records, according to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

CNN calls to a dozen newsstands in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Atlanta Sunday found just one that is sold out of the issue, and that store expected more to arrive Monday.

Lohan, 25, was reportedly paid close to $1 million to pose for the photos taken in a style reminiscent of the nude photograph of Marilyn Monroe that graced the debut issue of Playboy in 1953.

Unlike Lohan, Monroe was reportedly paid just $50 for the 1949 photo shoot that produced the image that was bought by Hefner after she became a star.

"The Lindsay Lohan January-February Double Issue is breaking sales records," Hefner said in a message posted on his Twitter account Sunday.

A Playboy spokesman would not give sales numbers, but the official did say it was selling "very well."

The Playboy gig was a rare moneymaking opportunity for Lohan, whose acting career has been hampered in the past two years by frequent trips to court, probation restrictions, extended drug rehab stints and several visits to jail.

Her legal woes stem from two drunken-driving convictions in 2007, a necklace theft conviction in 2011 and several probation violations.

CNN's JD Cargill and David Daniel contributed to this report.

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