From Norma to Marilyn: Early Fox Contract for Sale

A letter dated February 6, 1947, notifying Marilyn that her 6-month contract at Twentieth Century Fox had been renewed for another six months, will go under the hammer tomorrow, August 10, at RR Auction, as reported in The Mirror and Scotland’s Daily Record. The contract was signed by Marilyn in both her legal name of Norma Jeane Dougherty, and her newly adoped stage name.

Between February and July 1947, Marilyn filmed two bit parts in Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! and Dangerous Years. Unfortunately, she was then dropped by Fox, but after three more years of hard graft as a freelance actress and model, she would return to Fox in 1951 – and the rest, as they say, is history.

A photo and book signed by Joseph Jasgur, who photographed Marilyn in 1946, plus a studio publicity shot for River of No Return (1954) – with the inscription ‘To Ginny, Warmest Regards, Marilyn Monroe’ – are also listed for sale.

Thanks to A Passion for Marilyn

UPDATE: Marilyn’s signed contract sold for $32,103, while her autographed photo fetched $20,660.