A photographer is suing two others to force the return of seven nude and seminude pictures of Marilyn Monroe he says were stolen from him.

Bert Stern says the photos, taken on assignment for Vogue magazine in July 1962, are worth more than $100,000 each.

The New York photographer says in papers filed in Manhattan state Supreme Court that he lent the Monroe pictures to Eros magazine, a defunct 1960s quarterly, but they were not returned within a few months as expected. He says the photos were stolen.