The Profumo pin-up girl: Racy snaps of Christine Keeler after her 1964 prison release following Soviet spy scandal are set to sell for up to £600 each at auction
Rarely-seen photos of Profumo scandal mistress Christine Keeler have emerged for sale at auction.
The snaps include one of the model wearing a sleeveless dress and getting into her Mini car after her release from prison for perjury in 1964.
Two others show her posing for the camera in a dress with a glass of champagne, while a third image in the sale shows Keeler topless with her arms crossed.
All the photographs are being sold with Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet, in Essex.
Keeler became a national outcast after her affairs with both the then War Minister John Profumo and a Russian spy emerged in 1963.
Rarely-seen photos of Profumo scandal mistress Christine Keeler have emerged for sale at auction. Above: The model is seen posing in a sleeveless white dress with a glass of champagne next to her
One photo shows Keeler topless with her arms crossed, shortly before she embarked on a sordid affair with the war minister John Profumo
She was then jailed for perjury in December 1963, several months after Profumo had resigned over the scandal.
Keeler gave evidence during the trial of her former partner Lucky Gordon who she claimed had attacked her. He was convicted and jailed for three years.
However, it later turned out she had lied to the court and was sentenced to nine months in prison.
She served half of her sentence and upon her release met up with photographer Ray Bellisario.
The print of her in her Mini is tipped to sell for £600.
It has been owned by an anonymous collector since 2013. It is not being sold with copyright.
Another of the colour images shows Keeler sitting with a glass of champagne between her legs. All the photographs are being sold with Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet, in Essex
The snaps include one of the model wearing a sleeveless dress and getting into her Mini car after her release from prison for perjury in 1964
The three colour photos of Keeler by an unknown photographer are also expected to sell for £600 with auctioneers Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.
Mark Wilkinson, a specialist at Sworders, said the value of the pictures was being driven after Keeler’s son, Seymour Platt, launched a legal battle to secure a posthumous pardon for her last year.
Seymour is attempting to overturn his mother’s conviction after Keeler passed away in 2017.
In her will she requested that he do ‘all he could’ to tell the truth about her life.
Mr Wilkinson said: ‘In 1963 when it emerged that John Profumo had lied to the House of Commons regarding an extramarital affair with the 19-year-old model Christine Keeler, the nation’s faith in the ruling classes was shaken.
‘The credibility of the Macmillan government was severely damaged and the fallout contributed to the Conservative’s defeat the following year.
‘Almost 60 years later and dramatisations of the Profumo Affair continue to appear on stage and screen.
John Profumo is pictured with his wife, actress Valerie Hobson, in 1958. The pair remained married after his affair with Keeler emerged
‘Keeler’s story just gets bigger and bigger and last year her family made an application for a miscarriage of justice.
‘The subsequent coverage has once again stimulated interest in her.
‘Very few photos exist which were taken by Bellisario on her first day of freedom.’
The photos will be sold on February 15.
Profumo had been touted as a future Prime Minister before he resigned.
The scandal only emerged due to Lucky Gordon’s unrelated conviction. He was jailed after admitting stalking and assaulting Miss Keeler.
At the same time as her affair with Profumo, Keeler had been in a sexual relationship with Russian spy and naval attache Eugene Ivanov.
There were allegations that Keeler had been asked by Ivanov to discover from the War Minister when the West Germans might receive U.S. nuclear missiles to be stationed on their soil.
However, Gordon appealed his conviction and Keeler was then charged with perjury for falsely denying two other men had been present during the attack.
She pled guilty on legal advice and was jailed for nine months. She ended up serving half the term.
Who was Christine Keeler and what was the Profumo affair?
Born in Middlesex, Christine Keeler moved to London as a teenager and began working at Murray’s Cabaret Club in Soho.
It was there she met Dr Stephen Ward, a high-flying London osteopath and fixer who ‘procured women’ for leading members of the Establishment.
He introduced her to Conservative War Minister John Profumo while at a party thrown by Lord and Lady Astor in 1961.
The pair hit the headlines after seven shots were fired at Ward’s house in a quiet Marylebone mews by a jilted boyfriend of Keeler’s a year later in December 1962.
Born in Middlesex, Christine Keeler moved to London as a teenager and began working at Murray’s Cabaret Club in Soho. Right: John Profumo (pictured with his glamorous actress wife Valerie Hobson) had to resign after details of his affair with Christine Keeler emerged
It emerged the then 19-year-old Keeler had been sleeping with Profumo, then 48, and at the same time handsome Russian spy Evgeny Ivanov.
But when the news broke, Profumo lied to the House of Commons about his affair.
He was soon found out and Keeler sold her story to the News of The World for £23,000.
In June 1963, he quit in disgrace, amid allegations Keeler had been asked by Ivanov to discover from the War Minister when the West Germans might receive U.S. nuclear missiles to be stationed on their soil.
Profumo had been a rising star of the Tory Party, close to Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, a favoured visitor at Buckingham Palace, a war hero and the dashing husband of actress Valerie Hobson, one of the great beauties of her day.
Ms Keeler, whose other lovers have included A-Team actor George Peppard, legendary womaniser Warren Beatty and Prisoner of Zenda star Douglas Fairbanks Jr, said in an interview years later that the Establishment was far more interested in painting it as a sex scandal and chose to ignore whispered claims of a widespread spying network.
Christine died aged 75 in December 2017.