09/26/2011 01:30 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Marilyn Monroe Pictures Up For Auction (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Extraordinary lost photos of Marilyn Monroe have surfaced, showing how the star really looked before she hit fame and blossomed into a Hollywood icon.

The images show a 20-year-old actress by the name of "Norma Jean," the first image taken from her very first photo shoot in 1946.

Back then, Norma Jean was a youthful brunette woman, a far cry from the blonde bombshell image in classic films like "Gentleman Prefer Blondes."

The rare photos were recently approved for auction and will go up for sale shortly. It's a timely find, as hype (including a Vogue cover) has been building for Michelle Williams' upcoming turn as Monroe in "My Week With Marilyn."

How many millions do you think the Norma Jean photos will fetch?


PHOTOS: 20-year-old Norma Jean:

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