One of the first professional photographs of Marilyn Monroe is to cross the block at Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, UK on February 14.
Joseph Jasgur (1919-2009), who also photographed the 19-year-old aspiring star for her portfolio, took the snap in 1946.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge explained to the Western Daily Press: "It's a unique negative and print of Norma Jeane, part of some informal test shots that preceded the formal shoot.
"The image is a true genesis, as it is one of the first professional images ever taken of Marilyn. The story behind it is that she had aspirations of becoming a model, so she joined Hollywood's Blue Book Model Agency, and on March 6, 1946, Joseph Jasgur received a call from Emmeline Snively, the head of Blue Book.
"Snively asked Jasgur to take a few test shots of an aspiring young model and he first photographed her on a small street in West Hollywood, behind Beverly Boulevard.
"This photo offers a unique glimpse of the young girl who was to become the global phenomenon that was Marilyn Monroe."
While there is no estimate available at present, Henry Aldridge & Son sold a print from Monroe's first photo shoot for �4,250 ($6,462) last year.
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