Marilyn Monroe’s First Photo Shoot: Superstar’s Early Modelling Photos Revealed

Early Marilyn Monroe Photographs to Go on Auction Block

A bankruptcy judge in Florida ruled earlier this week that a number of rare photographs taken by Joseph Jasgur in 1946 of Norma Jeane Dougherty, who went on to become the iconic Marilyn Monroe, will be sold at auction to settle the debts of the late photographer. The photographs have not been widely distributed and the collection has been locked up in court battles for more than two decades. The sale is significant because it’s very rare to see something where you can buy a copyrighted image of Monroe, especially images from her very first photo shoot. The photographs include a black-and-white headshot of the future Marilyn Monroe wearing a jaunty beret, another of her in a halter top and a color picture of her smiling in a striped bikini on the sand. Jasgur was hired by the Blue Book modeling agency to shoot the then-unknown Norma Jeane.

Interview with Joe Jasgur: Marilyn Monroe Photographer

Photography by Joseph Jasgur: Marilyn Monroe’s First Photo Shoot

Photo-Gallery: Marilyn Monroe’s First Photo Shoot

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