After their divorce in 1969, Brigitte Bardot’s former husband Gunter Sachs kept his house filled with portraits of the beautiful bombshell.
Even during his marriage to his third wife Mirja Larsson, who he wed in the same year, the stunning shots occupied pride of place in their home until his death last May.
The photographs reflected the German playboy’s enduring love for the iconic French actress, of whom he once said: “A year with Bardot was worth 10 with anyone else”.
Now, Swedish model Mirja is selling the pieces – along with other items from his extensive art collection – and the items are due to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London in May.
Highlights include an Andy Warhol portrait of Brigitte that was commissioned by Sachs in 1973, five years after the couple divorced.
Sotheby’s have estimated that the portrait will fetch up to £4 million.
And a 1959 picture taken by Richard Avedon at the peak of her fame, will also be up for sale with an estimate of £40,000 to £60,000.
Gunter first met Brigitte in a restaurant in 1966, saying after: “It was love at first sight and when we spoke, it was as though lightning had struck.
“I knew the minute I saw her, I was going to marry her.”
He went about seducing the young woman, arranging for a helicopter to drop hundreds of red roses over her Cote d’Azur property.
This attracted the attraction of the then most desirable woman in the world.
“It’s not every day a man drops a ton of roses in your backyard,” she later wrote in her autobiography Initiales BB.
Following their divorce three years later, the pair remained good friends.
And ten years after the split, he gave her a £1 million diamond as a thank you for not taking his money in the divorce.