Monroe`s teenage photos up for auction

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2011, 13:24 PM IST

Los Angeles: Rare photos of a teenage Marilyn Monroe are set to be auctioned during a memorabilia sale next month in Beverly Hills.

The model shots taken by Joseph Jasgur are among the items that will be going under the hammer at the Julien`s Auctions event Dec 1-4.

The items also include a letter that Monroe wrote to her foster mother, Grace Goddard, to describe her first meeting with US Army photographer David Conover, who helped launch the 19-year-old icon`s modelling career.

The eight-page letter talks about the marriage of Monroe, real name Norma Jean, to Jimmie Dougherty and her hopes of a better career. The letter is expected to fetch up to $50,000, reports contactmusic.com.

"With encouragement from Conover, Monroe took steps to join the Blue Book Modelling Agency where she met photographer Joseph Jasgur who took numerous photographs of the 19-year-old," said a spokesman for Julien.

"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. The settings for the photographs range from high atop buildings in Los Angeles to Zuma Beach," the spokesman added.

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