For Sale to Highest Bidder: Early Marilyn Monroe Photos

September 23, 2011 - 4:30 PM
First Monroe Photos

In this 1946 image taken by photographer Joseph Jasgur and released by Julien's Auctions, a photo of Norma Jean Dougherty, who eventually changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, is shown. A bankruptcy judge in Florida ruled earlier this week that photos taken of Monroe will be sold at auction to settle the debts of the photographer. Jasgur's photos, negatives and image copyrights will be sold in December by Julien's Auctions. (AP Photo/Julien's Auctions, Joseph Jasgur)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Copyrights and images from Marilyn Monroe's first photo shoot are hitting the auction block.

A bankruptcy judge in Florida ruled earlier this week that photos taken in 1946 of Norma Jeane Dougherty — who went on to become the iconic Monroe — will be sold at auction to settle the debts of the photographer.

Joseph Jasgur's photos, negatives and image copyrights will be sold in December by Julien's Auctions. Chief executive Darren Julien said the sale is significant because "it's very rare to see something where you can buy a copyrighted image of her, especially of her first photo shoot."

The photos include a black-and-white headshot of the beauty wearing a jaunty beret and a color picture of her smiling in a bikini on the sand.