BEVERLY HILLS (AP).- Copyrights and images from Marilyn Monroe's first photo shoot sold for $352,000 at an auction that included items from Lady Gaga and John Lennon.
Julien's Auctions spokeswoman Caroline Galloway tells The Associated Press on Sunday that the Monroe photos taken in 1946 when she was still Norma Jeane Dougherty were the highlight of the Beverly Hills auction known as "Icons & Idols"
The photos come with negatives and the rare right to sell and distribute them. A judge in September ruled they must be auctioned to settle debts of photographer Joseph Jasgur.
Before she was Marilyn Monroe a young Norma Jeane Dougherty wrote to her foster mother, Grace Goddard, to describe a meeting with army photographers, specifically David Conover and her burgeoning modeling career. The eight-page letter gives insight on Norma Jeanes marriage to Jimmie Dougherty, her work at the Radioplane Company, and her hopes of a better career. The letter which came up for auction for the very first time at Juliens Auctions was estimated to bring $30,000-$50,000.
With encouragement from Conover, Monroe took steps to join the Blue Book Modeling Agency where she met photographer Joseph Jasgur who took numerous photographs of the 19-year-old. These photographs and copyrights became available for the very first time and the complete archive and early image copyrights were sold exclusively at this auction event. The settings for the photographs range from high atop buildings in Los Angeles to Zuma Beach.
A Lady Gaga dress sold for $31,250, and the prop gun used in her video for "Born This Way" went for $7,680.
A 1969 caricature John Lennon drew of himself and Yoko Ono went for $90,000.
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