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Bert Stern (American, 1929–2013)
LOT ID: 74193
Marilyn in Fur - The Lost Sitting, 1962

Chromogenic Print (C-print), Archival C Print
25 х 25 in. (63.5 x 63.5 cm.)
Signed, lower right, and numbered, lower left
Print/Casting Year 2000
Edition of 50
Lot description
Marilyn in Fur - "The Lost Sitting"
paper size - 30" x 30"
image size - 25" x 25"

This image derives from a collection of 19 transparencies that have been missing since 1962, and were originally part of Mr. Stern's infamous "Last Sitting." This image is one of 9 limited edition prints now know as "The Lost Sitting." The photographs were taken at Marilyn's last photographic session with Bert Stern in 1962 for Vogue. It was believed that the transparencies were lost forever, until recently, and strictly by chance; they have recently been discovered, recovered and restored.

This photograph features a hazy Marilyn Monroe with a beaver fur hat and scarf, staring longingly into the camera.

The prints are of a limited edition of 50, of which only 25 have been produced to date.
An entire limited edition portfolio of all 9 prints of "The Lost Sitting" is now part of the permanent collection at The Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.

All prints are signed and numbered by Bert Stern and have a copyright stamp on the verso. The portfolio is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity.

Please inquire for more detail images.
NOTE: the detail image of the edition number is for another print from the same edition, not the one for sale. This work is from the same edition.

American artist Bert Stern (b. 1929) is a fashion and celebrity portrait photographer who is best known for The Last Sitting, a collection of 2,500 photographs taken of Marilyn Monroe over a three day period, six weeks before her death, shot for Vogue magazine. After opening his first studio in New York in 1954, Stern went on to directed Jazz on a Summer's Day, a 1959 documentary film set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival as well as work as a photographer on the film Lolita, directed by Stanley Kubrick with a screenplay by Vladimir Nabokov. Stern is however most famous for his photographs of famous celebrities including Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan (recreating The Last Sitting). His work has earned him the right to exhibit at numerous institutions worldwide including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY (2005), the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2006), and the Chady Art Gallery, Miami, FL (2010) among others.
Marilyn in Fur - The Lost Sitting by Bert Stern
  • Marilyn in Fur - The Lost Sitting by Bert Stern
  • Marilyn in Fur - The Lost Sitting by Bert Stern
  • Marilyn in Fur - The Lost Sitting by Bert Stern
  • Marilyn in Fur - The Lost Sitting by Bert Stern
  • Marilyn in Fur - The Lost Sitting by Bert Stern
  • Marilyn in Fur - The Lost Sitting by Bert Stern
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