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Rare pho­tos of a young Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe go up for auc­tion. Sissy Spacek and Robert Red­ford dish to Closer about work­ing to­gether on their first-ever film col­lab­o­ra­tion, The Old Man & the Gun.

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.

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