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Large Hollywood photo collection to be auctioned

NEW YORK--Tens of thousands of photographs and negatives from a large collection of Hollywood images will be sold during a two-day auction in New York next month, Guernsey's auction house said on Monday.

The Movie Star News Collection, which photographer Irving Klaw started in 1939 after striking a deal with film studios, includes nearly three million posters, negatives and photos of stars. They include Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Rudolph Valentino, Judy Garland, Steve McQueen, Charlie Chaplin and Audrey Hepburn, among others.

Some 1,900 lots of photos and film memorabilia will go under the hammer on April 6 and 7. Presale estimates range from US$60 to US$100 for some of the pictures to as much as US$10,000 for a pair of high-heel shoes worn by model Betty Page, known as the “Queen of Pinups.”

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