Marilyn Monroe professional photograph makes $4,500

One of the first professional photographs of Marilyn Monroe sold for �3,000 ($4,618) at Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, UK on February 14.

It was taken by legendary Hollywood photographer Joseph Jasgur.

Marilyn first photo
This photograph was included in the portfolio handed to 20th Century Fox in 1946

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge explained:"'The image was taken on March 6, 1946 as part of some informal test shots that proceeded a formal shoot.

"This image is a true genesis as it is one of the first professional images ever taken of Marilyn. Jasgur first photographed her on a small street in West Hollywood behind Beverly Boulevard, where this image was taken.

"It is a very candid picture and she is looking very young with a bit of puppy fat still in her face. Over the next few weeks Jasgur photographed her on top of Don Lee Towers, above the Hollywood sign and at Zuma Beach.

"This photo offers a unique glimpse of the young girl who was to become the global phenomena that was Marilyn Monroe."

The image is one of a series from the star's portfolio shown to casting director Ben Lyon at 20th Century Fox, kicking off her onscreen career. It was sold with full copyright. 

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