Marilyn Monroe, also known as Norma Jean Mortensen is a legendary sex symbol who was known for her American beauty. While she was often cast in movies as a “dumb blonde,” Monroe was remembered for her allure and glamour in front of the camera.
While there are several famous photos of the actress/model, series of Monroe’s final photo shoot has emerged and is going up for auction. The 150 photos were taken by photographer, George Barris just weeks before Monore was found dead in her Los Angeles home after overdosing on narcotics.
As part of an assignment for Cosmopolitan magazine, Barris had spent several weeks capturing Monroe on camera at different locations across Los Angeles. The photos show her in a very natural state as she goes about doing everyday things, such as talking on the phone, splashing in the water, and getting her hair done.
The auction will take place between August 2 and 11 and will be titled Platinum Blonde: Collectible Marilyn. Paddle8 is putting the auction on. The entire set of these photos has never been released publicly so viewers will have a chance to see never-before-seen images of the star.
Monroe was a classic blonde known for her sultry appearance. As you can see in the photos below, she was very natural in front of the camera…
The timing of the auction couldn’t be more fitting, as it is fifty-five years after she died on August 5, 1962. The photos, which are part of a larger collection of memorabilia and artwork will be presented in Barris’ three original photo boxes and they will each include 43 to 63 images, estimating around $8,000 to $24,000.
Also in the sale will be some of Monroe’s other personal items including her eighth-grade class photo and movie posters from her films The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot.
Monroe died at the young age of 36 and while her death was deemed a suicide, several conspiracy theories have been proposed in the decades following her death. She certainly left her mark on the work and is still known as a pop culture icon. By the time she passed away in 1962, her films had grossed $200 million.
As a child, Monroe spent the majority of her time in foster homes and orphanages and she got her big break when she met a photographer while working in a radio plane factory as part of the war effort in 1944. She was then launched into what would be a successful pin-up modeling career before she went on to make movies.
Unlike today’s models, Monroe was curvaceous…
The photos were acquired from Barris by a private collector in the 1980s.
Several commented on Monroe’s beauty and the tragedy of her life cut too short…
“She really was a natural beauty. It’s a shame she died so young.”
“She may not have been the best actress the world has seen but she was absolutely captivating in a way very few are and that is something you either have or you don’t, it cannot be taught. She didn’t ruin the films she starred in, she stole every scene.”