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In 1946, Marilyn Monroe was an unknown model named Norma Jeane Dougherty with dreams of Hollywood stardom when she posed for a series of portraits by photographer Richard C. Miller. Now the collection will be sold at California’s Santa Monica Auctions on Oct. 7. “I had no idea when I was taking these pictures that she would become famous and that the pictures would become valuable,” Miller later said. One of the images shows Marilyn in the wedding dress she’d worn when she got married to neighbor James Dougherty in 1942, just after her 16th birthday. “She had the charismatic quality that good models have,” says the photographer’s daughter, Margaret Dudley Miller. Her family had Marilyn over for a meal. “She sat at the dinner table telling everyone that she wanted to become a star,” adds Margaret. “Our parents thought, ‘Yeah right, sure — you and 20,000 other hopefuls.’ But sure enough, she made it happen.”
“She was just a nice, sweet attractive girl with outrageous ambitions.”
— Photographer Richard C. Miller
The collection of photos is expected to fetch between$60,000 and $80,000.
“My father said Norma Jeane was an extremely good model,” says Miller’s daughter, Margaret.