A Spanish collector plans to auction what he claims is a newly discovered 8-mm version of a film purportedly showing Marilyn Monroe having sex when she was still an underage actress known as Norma Jean Baker. Collector Mikel Barsa said in an interview yesterday that he wants at least $500,000 for the sexually explicit 6 1/2-minute, grainy black-and-white film, which he says was made before 1947, when Monroe was not yet 21. He said it's an exact copy of a 16-mm film discovered more than a decade ago.
A Marilyn Monroe expert, however, says the actress in the film is someone else, considerably heavier and less feminine than the legendary film star: "The chin is not the same, the lips are not the same, the teeth are not the same." The face of the woman in the film looks considerably different from the Monroe who emerged later as a star, notes the AP, but more similar to the Monroe seen in one of her first movies, 1949's Love Happy, which shows the actress before she lost weight, added a beauty spot on her left cheek, and became one of Hollywood's most enduring stars. (Click to see Marilyn's cheeky statue in downtown Chicago.)