Photos of Marilyn Monroe’s last sitting going up for auction

    A rare portfolio of photographs from Marilyn Monroe’s last sitting is up for grabs to the highest bidder.

    Freeman’s auction house in Philadelphia says the limited-edition portfolio of 10 photos goes on the block Sept. 10. The photos were made from fashion photographer Bert Stern’s original negatives from his June 1962 assignment for Vogue.

    Monroe died six weeks later.

    The head of the century-old auction house’s photography division says the photos will be on view starting Sept. 6. The auction house estimates the portfolio could fetch $10,000 to $15,000.

    Stern took more than 2,500 photos of the Hollywood icon over three days at Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. The 20-by-20-inch portfolio photos are from the first day.

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