A bankruptcy judge in Florida ruled last week that photos taken in 1946 of Norma Jeane Dougherty – who went on to become Monroe – will be sold at auction to settle the debts of the photographer. His copyrights and images from Marilyn Monroe’s first photo shoot are hitting the auction block.
Joseph Jasgur’s photos, negatives and image copyrights will be sold in December by Julien’s Auctions. The collection also includes several model-release forms Dougherty signed for Jasgur in Hollywood.
Darren Julien, chief of Julien’s Auctions, said the photos have not been widely distributed and the collection has been locked up in court battles for more than two decades. He said the sale is significant because “it’s very rare to see something where you can buy a copyrighted image of (Monroe), especially of her first photo shoot.”
Photo: © Joseph Jasgur (for the time being…)