01/09/2014 04:19 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Marilyn Monroe's 'Lost Scrapbook' Photos Could Be Proof Of An Extramarital Affair

New photos of actress, model and singer Marilyn Monroe have surfaced and they may reveal the secrets of her love life.

The album, called "The Lost Scrapbook," contains photos that she hand-selected, compiled and captioned for photographer Sam Shaw. Newsweek published the photos in a special issue that was released on Jan. 9.

This collection contains many never-before-seen photos of Monroe. In one snapshot, she wears nothing but a towel, illustrating how private the album must have been. Monroe even commented on many of the photos in crayon, giving the scrapbook a truly personal and intimate feel.

Newsweek's Senior Editor Abigail Jones discussed the collection and why it might be proof that Monroe had an affair with Shaw while she was still married to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller.

“These are the photos that she chose…. these are the feelings that she had,” Jones said. “The discovery of the scrapbook is also significant because it’s the first time we’re understanding her relationship with Sam Shaw.”

Shaw, who died in 1999, was the photographer who took the famous snapshots of Monroe in a billowing white dress, standing atop a subway grate while she filmed the movie "The Seven-Year Itch."

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The scrapbook was brought to light by journalist Lawrence Schiller, who photographed Monroe while she shot her last movie, "Something's Got To Give." Schiller says that Shaw gave him the scrapbook in 1972, 10 years after Monroe's death, and even admitted that he and Monroe had an affair.

Pick up Newsweek's special edition to read the entire story and see the exclusive photos.



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