By: Renee Grant
More than 150 photos from Marilyn Monroe‘s final photoshoot, taken for Cosmopolitan magazine by George Barris, are up for auction this month from August 2nd through 11th. The pictures are the last professional shots taken of the beloved starlet.
The auction also features a large collection of Monroe memorabilia, curated by online auction house Paddle8. The images were taken in June of 1962, weeks before Monroe’s death in early August of that year. Most of the photos come from a private collector who acquired the photos directly from Barris in the 80’s.
“You can tell in these photographs, which are so open and honest, that she really trusted George Barris,” Dean Harmeyer, overseer of Paddle8’s entertainment and special collections, told Vanity Fair. “Marilyn was one of the most photographed women of that age or any age … She loved the camera, the camera loved her. These photographs that Barris took are really amazing because she could really feel at ease with this photographer. There are a number of candids that you can just see that he’s catching her kind of in an off-guarded moment.”
The photos are presented in their original groupings of three, auctioned in Barris’ original photobox. All images are signed by Barris.
Barris became a close confidant of the 36-year-old actress, eventually collaborating with Monroe on a book about her life. The photos are expected to fetch between $8,000 and $24,000.