Marilyn Monroe graduation photo could see $2,400 in UK auction



2015-06-26 13:04:10

Marilyn Monroe graduation photo could see $2,400 in UK auction

A photo of Marilyn Monroe at her 1941 graduation is to sell, but we can offer you a better deal

A rare photograph of the teenage Marilyn Monroe at her junior high school graduation is to feature in a UK auction, which will be held on November 30.

Marilyn Monroe graduation photograph auction A crease runs right through the face of the young Marilyn Monroe

The photograph is a panoramic shot of the whole year at Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School, which was taken in 1941. It shows the 15-year-old Marilyn Monroe, who was then known as Norma Jeane Baker, smiling innocently just a few years before she would become an internationally renowned actress, model and sex symbol.

At the time, Monroe's troubled background had led her to be sent to live with her guardian Grace McKee's aunt, Ana Lower - a period that she would later describe as one of the only times in her life that she felt truly stable. It wasn't until 1948 that the actress would finally find her fame, having been cast in a major role in the musical Ladies of the Chorus.

The image is estimated at 1,000-1,500 ($1,600-2,400), although it features significant creasing throughout, including one across Monroe's face. Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering a superb example of the same photograph- however ours is free of creases and in excellent condition.

Marilyn Monrow high school graduation photograph auction Our example of the photo is in excellent condition and has even been mounted

The reverse of both photographs have been signed by a number of Monroe's classmates, although the actress has not added her coveted autograph to either. Our example has been expertlymounted, with "Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School, Los Angeles - Class of Summer 1941" clearly printed across the bottom.

View our full selection of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia for more opportunities to join this perennially popular market.


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