Rare Marilyn Monroe school graduation photo up for sale

A rare photo of Marilyn Monroe at her school graduation is to go on sale.

Amid a sea of fresh faces, the then innocent 15-year-old can be seen in the panoramic shot of the whole class year at Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School in Los Angeles.

A copy of the school photo of Marilyn Monroe (centre), known then as Norma Jean Dougherty.
A copy of the school photo of Marilyn Monroe (centre), known then as Norma Jean Dougherty. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Monroe was then known as plain Norma Jeane Baker in the summer of 1941 but within a few years would become a model, actress and global sex symbol.

Marilyn Monroe pictured in the school photo (6th row from top, 11th left).
Marilyn Monroe pictured in the school photo (6th row from top, 11th left). Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The photograph, which measures 8 x 24 inches, is expected to sell for up to £1,500 when it goes under the hammer at the auction in Stockport, Cheshire, next week.

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather holds a copy of the image.
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather holds a copy of the image. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

More information on the lots and the auction, on November 30, can be found at www.omegaauctions.co.uk.