Nude Photos of Marilyn, Madonna Up for Auction

Bonhams(NEW YORK) -- Nude photographs of American icons Marilyn Monroe and Madonna were up for auction at Bonhams.

A black-and-white photograph of Madonna, taken by U.S. photographer Steven Meisel in 1990, hit the auction block Tuesday along with more than 150 other items. The music icon, known for her often-racy outfits, posed naked, cigarette in hand, with only a sheet to partially cover herself.  The photo Tuesday was sold to the highest bidder for $23,750 -- more than double its estimated value of $10,000.

An image of Marilyn Monroe from her final photo shoot with only a sheer scarf to hold over her breasts are set to be auctioned in London on May 17. The photograph of the blonde bombshell is just one of several images included in the collection, which is estimated to be worth $24,000. The picture was taken by U.S. photographer Bert Stern.

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