A sonogram picture purporting to be Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's baby has been removed from auction website eBay.com.

The item, listed as 'Angelina Jolie's 4-5 month foetus sonogram picture', was pulled after eBay bosses decided it "violated their policy on celebrity materials".

The unlikely item generated over 50 bids in two days, reaching $500 (GBP280) minutes before the online auction was closed.

Spokesman HANI DURZY says, "We have pulled it off the site. This listing was being marketed as coming specifically from Angelina Jolie. There was no indication in the listing that she had given agreement to this.

"We took a look at it pretty quickly and felt it violated our policy on celebrity materials."