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Negative of Marilyn Monroe's first professional photoshoot snapped up at auction

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Image of a 20-year-old Marilyn Monroe during a professional photoshoot before she became a Hollywood icon. Photo: Henry Aldridge & Sons/PA Wire

Image of a 20-year-old Marilyn Monroe during a professional photoshoot before she became a Hollywood icon. Photo: Henry Aldridge & Sons/PA Wire

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Image of a 20-year-old Marilyn Monroe during a professional photoshoot before she became a Hollywood icon. Photo: Henry Aldridge & Sons/PA Wire

A negative from Marilyn Monroe's first professional photoshoot has sold at auction for €5,400.

The estimate had been between €6,000 and €9,000 but auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, from Henry Aldridge and Sons, in Wiltshire said: "I am quite happy with that as a result.

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Photos of Marilyn Monroe from a limited-edition portfolio that is set to go on the block on September 10 in Philadelphia

Photos of Marilyn Monroe from a limited-edition portfolio that is set to go on the block on September 10 in Philadelphia

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Photos of Marilyn Monroe from a limited-edition portfolio that is set to go on the block on September 10 in Philadelphia

"It was an exceptionally unusual item and to be able to include the copyright added another dimension as we only usually sell the physical item."

Interest in the sale showed that Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe is still very much a star, according to Mr Aldridge. He said: "There is an enduring interest if you like the cult of celebrity and if you are interested in that era."

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The image dates back to when the future film star was the unknown Norma Jeane Baker, a 20-year-old factory girl dreaming of becoming a model.

The true value in this auctioned image lies in the fact that it was sold with its own copyright to reproduce and distribute the image as its new owner wishes.

Back in 1946, Norma Jeane was married and working at a munitions factory when a passing military government photographer told her she could be a model, so she approached a Hollywood modelling agency, Blue Book.

Young aspiring photographer Joseph Jasgur was assigned to get her first portfolio and took her to Zuma beach in Malibu for a few pictures, which were later presented to Ben Lyon, casting director at 20th Century Fox.

They were the pictures that would not only make Jasgur famous but create a star in Norma Jeane, who later dazzled Hollywood and sparked international headlines.

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