A SERIES of rare prints, including images from Marilyn Monroe’s final photo-shoot, are expected to collectively raise nearly £50 000 (about R893 000) at auction in Texas next week.
Prints of photos taken by Bert Stern for Vogue are available to bid on in the auction by Heritage Auctions Texas, which opens on Tuesday.
Stern, who died in 2013, shot a series of photographs of Monroe (real name Norma Jean Baker) for Vogue in June 1962, which were the last photos published of the actress and model before her sudden death that August.
The photographs came to be known as The Last Sitting.
Also for auction are prints of rare photographs taken a month after Stern’s by Monroe’s close friend George Barris, who she met while working on her 1955 film, The Seven Year Itch.
The photos include images of Monroe looking playful on a Californian beach, and more sultry black and white images of her indoors.
Experts say the six prints for auction could fetch up to £4 000 (about R72 000) apiece.