RARE pictures showing a naked Marilyn Monroe posing next to a swimming pool and celebrating her birthday are set to fetch up to £26,000 at auction.
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The impressive array of highly sought-after shots will be on offer with Heritage Auctions in New York. Alongside Marilyn’s photos are images of Beatles bloopers, Frank Sinatra with guards, Muhammad Ali and other rare shots, with the entire sale expected to make more than $120,000 (£90,000).
Frank Sinatra pictured at his peak of fame striding through crowds surrounded by bodyguards at the Foundtainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, is estimated to sell for $30,000 (£22,000).
Intimate photos of Muhammad Ali showing his strong proportions in close-up shots are expected to fetch $15,000 (£11,000).
The 12 intimate shots show the Hollywood starlet kneeling down in the water and strategically covering her famous curves with a towel.
Rare images showing Marilyn Monroe posing naked are set to be auctioned off
The pictures are expected to fetch up to £26,000 when they are put on sale
In this image, Marilyn shows off her famous curves as she slips a towel around her body
It is believed that most of the pictures were snapped just before her death
The Hollywood icon kneels in the water while smiling for the camera during the photoshoot
In all 12 intimate shots of the actress are set to be auctioned off
Marilyn lounges on a sofa as food is brought to her
The actress beams for the camera as she is presented with a birthday cake full of sparklers
Other pictures available in the same sale in New York include ones of the Beatles shooting their Abbey Road album cover
The iconic pictures of the Fab Four were taken by photographer Ian McMaillan in 1968
Another picture going under the hammer shows Frank Sinatra in Miami Beach flanked by his security
Marilyn Monroe’s iconic subway dress scene in The Seven Year Itch
Marilyn Monroe at President Kennedy’s birthday party in 1962
40 Rare Photos Of Marilyn Monroe Before She Was Famous
1. The future American actress Marilyn Monroe smiling as a 10-months old baby.
2. A young Norma Jeane Mortenson with her mother, Gladys Baker (1929)
3. Norma Jeane Mortenson at five years old (1931)
4. An adolescent Norma Jeane Mortenson staying at her Aunt Ana’s place.
5. Norma Jeane Mortenson at 14 years old.
6. A teenaged Norma Jeane Mortenson (center) at an outdoor fete with a group of friends
7. A teenaged Norma Jeane Mortenson (center) and her friends in a rowboat (1941)
8. Norma Jeane Mortenson at the zoo, with a hornbill on her arm (1941)
9. Young Norma Jeane Mortenson plays with penguins at the zoo (1941)
10. Norma Jeane Mortenson as a 15-year-old beauty queen. This would be her last year as a single woman
11. At the age of 16, Norma Jeane Mortenson married James Dougherty
12. Norma Jeane Dougherty, Bridal portrait, Age 16
13. Newlywed Norma Jeane Dougherty goes out for Chinese food with her family
14. Norma Jeane Mortenson with her husband, James Dougherty.
15. James Dougherty, now a Merchant Marine, poses with his wife outside of boot camp.
16. Norma Jeane Dougherty working at the Radioplane Munitions Factory.
17. He took this photo of her working at her post. It was the first modelling job of her life (1945)
18. Shortly after her photoshoot in the factory, she quit her job and tried modelling full time
19. One of her first modeling shots
20. Early Portrait of Norma Joane
21. Norma Jeane posing in the gardens of the Ambassador Hotel holding the Blue Book Models life ring
22. An early Blue Book Modeling Agency picture of Marilyn Monroe in a white bikini
23. Norma Jean Began at the beginning of her modeling career
24. Skiing down a sand dune at a photoshoot
25. Posing during a Blue Book modeling shoot
26. Norma Jeane Dougherty gets intimately close to another model to film an ad for hair products.
27. Norma Jeane becomes a “Sweater Girl.”
28. The Blue Book Modelling Years
29. Norma Jeane sitting with her legs out, wearing bikini
30. Norma Jeane at the pool
31. Norma Jeane poses in a swimsuit
32. A young Marilyn Monroe is a picture of joy in a white one-piece bathing suit
33. Posing for a postcard by the sea
34. The Romantic negative of Norma Jeane
35. Norma Jeane with yellow skirt
36. Yellow Skirt, Gene Hansen’s Sycamore
37. Norma Jeane in a hunting with binoculars
38. Posing with a puppy on a bicycle
39. Norma Jeane in a red bathing suit
40. Sitting on a towel, hugging her knees
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