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In pictures: Marilyn Monroe

Photo: Christie's. Garry Winogrand.

More than 100 photographs of actress Marilyn Monroe are being offered for sale in three sessions this week at Christie's auction house in New York.

Photos: Christie's

The photographs reveal the transformation of Monroe from fresh-faced model Norma Jean Baker, to a 20th Century Hollywood sex symbol.

Photo: Christie's. Bert Stern

Bert Stern's 1962 photograph of the actress, entitled Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting, is expected to sell for tens of thousands of pounds at the auction.

Photo: Christie's. Andre De Dienes

The collection includes a young Monroe photographed on the beach in Long Island, New York, in 1949, by Andre De Dienes.

Photo: Christie's. Richard Avedon

Monroe posed for respected celebrity portrait photographer Richard Avedon in 1957. His photograph is expected to fetch $25,000 - $35,000 (16,430-23,000).

Photo: Christie's. Milton H Greene

The photographs, which are part of the Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection, are expected to fetch between $811,000 and $1.1m (533,160 - 723,155) in total.

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