Marilyn Monroe pictures taken during her first photo shoot – when she was still known as Norma Jeane Dougherty – will be auctioned following a recent (Sept. 2011) Florida bankruptcy judge's ruling. Proceeds from the selling of Monroe's images and their copyrights will help to settle the debts of photographer Joseph Jasgur. Julien's Auctions will handle the proceedings in their “Icons & Idols” auction, to be held Dec. 2-4 in Beverly Hills.
According to Julien's Auctions chief Darren Julien, the Marilyn Monroe photos have been locked up for more than two decades as a result of court battles. Julien added that Jasgur was hired by the Blue Book modeling agency to shoot Norma Jeane, then 19 years old, about a year or two (depending on the source) before her film debut. It's unclear how much the images and copyrights will fetch. (Note: In a signed release for the photos, Norma Jeane “certifies and covenants” that she is at least twenty-one years of age.)
Following bit parts in several movies of the late 1940s, Monroe landed a few memorable supporting roles in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Oscar-winning classic All About Eve (1950), John Huston's film noir The Asphalt Jungle (1950), and Howard Hawks' comedy Monkey Business (1952). Monroe's first lead was in Roy Ward Baker's thriller Don't Bother to Knock (1952).
Among Monroe's most memorable star vehicles are Henry Hathaway's Niagara (1953), with Joseph Cotten and Jean Peters; Hawks' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), opposite Jane Russell; Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch (1955), with Tom Ewell, and Some Like It Hot, with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis; and Huston's The Misfits (1961), co-starring with Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.
Marilyn Monroe died, apparently a suicide, at the age of 36 on August 5, 1962.
Marilyn Monroe photo via The Associated Press