Marilyn Monroe’s First Modeling Photographs Auctioned
The Marilyn Monroe’s first modeling photographs has been auctioned. Her first photograph, taken by a photographer in Hollywood backstreet has been auctioned for about $4,610.
To those of us more used to seeing Monroe as a blonde bombshell in such Hollywood classics as Some Like It Hot and The Seven-Year Itch, this picture of the star is almost unrecognizable.
Jasgur was hired in 1946 by the Blue Book agency to take pictures of various aspiring models, among them was her.
Back then, Monroe was just a 19 year old girl, known as Norma Jean Dougherty. She had stars in her eyes when first came to Hollywood with the hope that she will have a modeling career.
And that dream came true. Her first modeling shot was on California’s Zuma Beach in a swimsuit after which her portfolio was presented to Ben Lyon a casting director at 20th Century Fox.
Joseph Jasgur took the picture of smiling Monroe, her then-brunette hair loose in soft curls, in March 1946. Weeks later he took her for what’s regarded as her first modeling shoot, on California’s Zuma Beach.
She was signed and he was instrumental in turning her into Marilyn Monroe. She slowly started transforming herself into what we know as the blonde bombshell.
She went on to become one of Hollywood’s greatest stars and one of the most beautiful women to have ever lived. The iconic scene from her movie The Seven Year Itch is the photograph that has broken a million hearts and shot her to fame overnight.
The auctioneer said that the true value of the photograph auctioned to a private collector, lay in the fact that it was sold with the copyright to reproduce and distribute the image as the owner wished.
It was sold to a private collector for £3,100 in an auction at Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, Wiltshire, on Saturday, smashing the £2,000 pre-sale estimate.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: ‘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.
‘He didn’t have time in his studio so went outside in the street. 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.’
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