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Rare Marilyn Monroe photos hit auction block

March 16, 2012

This group of six original color transparency slides taken in 1957 by Marilyn Monroe's make-up artist Allan Whitey Snyder shows Monroe on the set of “The Prince and the Showgirl.” This item is part of Julien's Auctions Hollywood Legends being held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 and Sunday April 1 in Beverly Hills, Calif. -AP Photo

LOS ANGELES: A collection of never-before-seen photos of Marilyn Monroe, and their accompanying copyrights, are going up for auction.    

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien says more than 100 images of Monroe will be sold the highest bidders later this month.

The photos come from the estate of Allan ''Whitey'' Snyder, Monroe's personal makeup artist for 15 years. One image shows Snyder applying makeup to a lingerie-wearing Monroe on the set of ''Let's Make Love'' in 1960.

Letters, telegrams and a money clip from Monroe to Snyder are also among the lots set to be sold during Julien's Auctions' Hollywood Legends sale on March 31 and April 1. The auction also includes memorabilia from Frank Sinatra, James Dean, Charlie Chaplin and Sammy Davis, Jr.