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Monroe photos sold for thousands

Marilyn Monroe, photographed by Bert Stern
The images are among the last taken of the legendary Hollywood actress

A collection of photographs of Marilyn Monroe, taken for Vogue magazine the year she died, has been auctioned in New York for nearly $150,000.

The 36 images, taken by Bert Stern in 1962, sold for $146,500 (94,390) to an anonymous buyer on Tuesday, according to Christie's auction house.

The photographs are among more than 100 images of the Hollywood actress being offered for sale at Christie's.

The Icons of Glamour and Style auction continues on Wednesday.

Vogue was about to publish Stern's photographs in September 1962 when news broke of Monroe's untimely death.

The images instead ran as a memorial tribute to the late actress, whose films included Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Photos of Monroe by artist Andy Warhol, Andre De Dienes and acclaimed celebrity photographer Richard Avedon have yet to go under the hammer.

The images come from the collection of Leon and Michaela Constantiner, who began collecting photographs of glamour and style icons in the early 1990s.

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