Bonnie and Clyde remain two of the most romanticised criminals in U.S. history, getting name-dropped as recently as on the latest Taylor Swift album.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were infamous criminals in the early 1930s, believed to have committed 13 murders and several robberies and burglaries across the U.S Midwest and South before they died.

A developed picture of the young pair has emerged showing them embracing hours before they died, partners until the very bitter end.

The photograph, taken in Joplin, Missouri, shows the pair kissing shortly before they were brutally shot down in an ambush by police offers.

The picture was taken not long before authorities caught word of their whereabouts and the pair had to flee the scene.

The public were fascinated by Bonnie and Clyde throughout their two-year crime spree from 1932-34, during which time the 20-somethings robbed banks and small businesses and killed anyone who tried to stop them.

While they escaped the police numerous times, they were finally caught out in 1934 when they were ambushed by officers on Louisiana's High 54 and died in a hail of bullets.

The photo above, along with other photos of the pair, were on show at the Photographs Do Not Bend (PDNB) gallery in Dallas, Texas until they were bought by a local private collector.

Other Bonnie and Clyde-related photographs that were on display at the gallery included one of their car after it had been sprayed with bullets, one of the officers that 'arrested' the pair and even their lifeless bodies on a gurney. Gruesome.

Burt Finger, Gallery Director at PDNB, said: "There are certain outlaws that become iconic, like Billy the Kid, Al Capone and others, who live on forever.

"Bonnie and Clyde were certainly that, they were both handsome people, were nobodies, and they robbed banks at a time when banks were not loved by everyone.

"They had eluded capture for many years, their apprehension was strategic and tactical, it worked like a military operation," Finger added.

"It was planned out to the letter, officers didn't want Bonnie and Clyde to get away and to potentially go on to kill other police officers and civilians."

The previous owner of the photographs acquired them from her uncle who worked at the local newspaper at the time Bonnie and Clyde were active.

Finger compared the images to a storyboard from a film, but emphasised how the photos lay bare the humanity of the two criminals and the people who sought to catch them.

"Some of the photographs are gory, they were killed in a horrible manner, but they were killers too - I'm like a doctor and look at them in a clinical way," Finger said.

"People are intrigued by Bonnie and Clyde and our exhibit at Photographs Do Not Bend was well received."

No doubt the pair's infamy will continue for many years to come.

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