Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe - Saturday 1st April 2000

RARE MONROE PHOTOS ON SALE With her open-mouthed smile, designer sunglasses, and unmistakeable shock of blonde hair, these photos show one of the most famous faces of the 20th century at her fun-loving best. Surrounded, as ever, by a coterie of male admirers - in this case Frank Sinatra and pianist Buddy Greco - it's impossible to detect that tragedy was just days away. For these are the last ever photographs of Marilyn Monroe - and they are expected to fetch thousands of dollars in an online auction. Six ultra-rare pictures - four featuring the iconic actress and two of Sinatra - were taken at the CalNeva Resort in Nevada in the summer of 1962, just five days before her death from a barbiturates overdose on August 5. They were part of a set of 36 photos taken of Monroe and others at the resort that summer. But only six remain - the other 30 were stored in a safe-deposit box at the World Trade Center and were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. The opening offer for the six images is set at $7,500 (£5,000) - but experts predict bids could top $100,000 (£66,000) as Monroe memorabilia collectors around the world scramble to get their hands on the rarest photos of the actress in existence. (ZN/WN) (1 image)

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