The final snapshots of one of Hollywood’s most famous faces, Marilyn Monroe, will be auctioned off in London on June 4. The eight pictures show the beloved icon lounging on the beach and playing in the surf and sand of Santa Monica on July 13, 1962.
Just three weeks later in a tragic turn of events that shook the world, the 36-year-old was found dead of a suspected drug overdose in her Los Angeles home.
Each of the images was taken by the actress’s longtime friend, George Barris. The photographer had initially planned to use the pictures in a book he was putting together about the blond bombshell’s life.
Devastated by her death, the photos went unpublished until 1987. At that time, Barris agreed to release 99 limited-edition replicas of the originals.
In 2001, he went on to publish Marilyn: Her Life in her Own Words: Marilyn Monroe's Revealing Last Words and Photographs, which also featured the snaps.
Each of the shots are expected to fetch upwards of £1000 (or $1,900 CAD) when they go up for bidding at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions next week.
The most coveted image may be the one that shows the actress wrapped in a blanket. It’s believed to be the final shot of the star.
Barris told the Daily News, “She puckered up and said, ‘This is just for you, George,’ and blew a kiss to me. That's the last picture I took of her.”