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Marilyn Monroe's teenage photos on sale

November 9, 2011 - Washington

Photos of a teenage Marilyn Monroe as a model and a letter that she wrote to her foster mother will be up for auction next month.

The model shots were taken by photographer Joseph Jasgur when Monroe was still Norma Jean, a 19-year-old aspiring model.

There are a variety of shots that range from atop high buildings in Los Angeles to photos on the Zuma Beach.

Her letter to foster mother Grace Goddard is expected to sell for over 50,000 dollars by the auction house Julien's.

In the eight-page letter she talks about her marriage to Jimmie Dougherty and her aspirations to a better career.

She also tells Goddard of her meeting with US Army photographer David Conover, who helped launch her into modelling.

After Connor's encouragement Monroe joined Blue Book Modelling Agency where she met photographer Joseph Jasgur.

"These photographs and copyrights become available for the very first time and the complete archive and early image copyrights will be sold exclusively at this auction event," Contactmusic quoted a spokesman saying.

Other items at the auction include Nolan Miller's signature black and red gown worn by Elizabeth Taylor in Poker Alice, costumes and props from the 2000 film The Grinch, Sean Connery's 007 Walther-Ppk .38 calibre pistol from Never Say Never Again and costumes from the cult film The Big Lebowski.


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