Portrait of a Blonde Bombshell – Marilyn Monroe 2012

Portrait of a Blonde Bombshell

It has been half a century since Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe died in questionable circumstances at her Los Angeles home, but the world’s fascination with the troubled actress never ceases to diminish, with anything associated with the blonde
goddess bringing record prices.

Now Santa Barbara real estate executive Sam Stem is planning to capitalize on the global interest in the first nude Playboy model by auctioning off 28 never-seen-before shots of the star taken by Reno, Nevada, photographer Doc Kaminski, 76, who claims to be “the last photographer alive who took pictures of Marilyn Monroe.”
Four years ago, one of the final photos of the quintessential sex symbol, “The Last Sitting” – one of 36 shots she posed for Vogue in 1962 with celebrity shutterbug, Bert Stem – fetched a record price of $146,500 at Christie’s in New York.

Portrait of a Blonde Bombshell

Richard covered the Royal Family for Britain’s Daily Mirror and Daily Mail before moving to New York to write for Rupert Murdoch’s newly launched Star magazine in 1978; Richard later wrote for New York magazine’s ”Intelligencer”. He continues to make regular appearances on CBS. ABC. and CNN, and moved to Montecito five years ago.