Early Monroe photos sell for $352,000

The images, which were taken by Joseph Jasgur in 1946 when the screen icon was still known by her married name Norma Jeane Dougherty, were the “highlight” of the Icons & Idols collection.

Jasgur’s photos along with their copyrights went under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills on Sunday (04Dec11) to settle the photographer’s debts.

Other items auctioned off in the sale included a Lady Gaga dress that went for $31,250 (£19,531), as well as a prop gun used in the singer’s Born This Way video for $7,680 (£4,800).

A caricature late Beatles star John Lennon drew of himself and wife Yoko Ono in 1969 was sold for $90,000 (£56,250).