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Marilyn Monroe negative sells for over £4,000

An image from Marilyn Monroe's first professional photoshoot. Credit: Henry Aldridge and Sons/ PA

A negative from Marilyn Monroe's first professional photoshoot has sold at auction for £4,250.

The estimate had been between £5,000 and £8,000 but auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said he was "happy with the result".

The image dates back to when the blond bombshell was a 20-year-old factory worker who dreamed of being a model and was still known as Norma Jean Baker.

"It was an exceptionally unusual item and to be able to include the copyright added another dimension as we only usually sell the physical item....There is an enduring interest if you like the cult of celebrity and are interested in that era."

– Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge

Marilyn Monroe's red lipstick voted top beauty trend

Marilyn Monroe's bright red pout has been often copied. Credit: Reuters

Bright red lipstick, as worn by Hollywood sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, has been voted as the most iconic beauty trend of all time.

Monroe's distinctive scarlet pout was the top choice among 2,000 women questioned, just ahead of Kate Moss-style smoky eyes.

False eyelashes, fake tan and beauty spots also featured in the top 10 answers in the survey, which was carried out by Superdrug to mark the company's 50th birthday.