First picture of Marilyn Monroe sells for big money at auction

First Picture Of Marilyn Monroe Sells For Big Money At Auction

The first professional picture of a teen girl who would become Marilyn Monroe sold for big money at auction.

A 19-year-old Norma Jean Baker posed for this photograph in a Hollywood alleyway on March 6, 1946, and nearly 70 years later it's being recognized as the first official photograph of the blonde bombshell ... though she's a brunette here.

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According to the Daily Mail, photographer Joseph Jasgur was commissioned to take photographs of aspiring models. One of those models was Baker. He snapped a picture using a rolleiflex camera, and a few weeks later held subsequent shoots with Baker in a swimsuit on the beach.

Those pictures were presented to Ben Lyon at Twentieth Century Fox, who transformed Norma Jean Baker into Marilyn Monroe.

The image was sold in an auction at Henry Aldridge & Son for $4.6K dollars.

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - MAY 1962: Actress Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday at the Democratic rally for President John F. Kennedy's birthday. (Photo by Yale Joel/Life Magazine/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Marilyn Monroe, David Wayne, on-set of the Film, "How to Marry a Millionaire", 1953. (Glasshouse Images/Alamy)
SOME LIKE IT HOT(1959) MARILYN MONROE, TONY CURTIS SLH 047P MOVIESTORE COLLECTIO LTD. (Photo via Alamy)
Marilyn Monroe, on-set of the Film, "There's No Business Like Show Business", 1954, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved (Photo via Alamy)
Marilyn Monroe with Joe DiMaggio, 1953. (Photo via Alamy)
circa 1948: An early publicity shot of Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson or Norma Jean Baker, 1926 - 1962). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962), circa 1950. (Photo by L. J. Willinger/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
October 1951: American film actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - 1954: Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait laying on the grass in 1954 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Baron/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
1954: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962). (Photo by Baron/Getty Images)
American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) outside her home at Englefield Green. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
circa 1958: American film star Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson or Norma Jean Baker, 1926 - 1962). (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)
American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) out for a cycle ride, UK, 13th August 1956. (Photo by Harold Clements/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A portrait taken on December 3, 1961 shows American actress Marilyn Monroe. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read ARCHIVE/AFP/Getty Images)
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