The first photograph taken of Marilyn Monroe as an aspiring model has sold for $4,800 (£3,000) at auction.

The original image was taken as a test shot by renowned photographer Joseph Jasgur in an alleyway in the U.S. in March, 1946, just weeks before he staged Monroe's first ever professional shoot at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California.

A private collector brought the photo at the Henry Aldridge & Son auction house in Wiltshire, England on Saturday (14Feb15) for $4,800 (£3,000), $1,600 (£1,000) more than it was expected to sell for.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge says, "It is a very candid picture and she is looking very young with a bit of puppy fat face in her face... This photo offers a unique glimpse of the young girl who was to become the global phenomenon that is Marilyn Monroe."