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Bert Stern (American, 1929–2013)
LOT ID: 66120
Marilyn Monroe, Famous Self Portrait of Bert with Marilyn on the Bed, ie. circa 1960

Pigment Print
19 х 13 in. (48.26 x 33.02 cm.)
Signed, Very Famous and Rare Self Portrait of Bert with Marilyn Monroe photograph is signed by Bert Stern in black on the far right "Marilyn" is signed by Bert in the center, and the edition number 11/62 is inscribed by the photographer on the far left. It is copyright stamped on the verso.
Print/Casting Year 2012
Edition 11/62
Lot description
Bert Stern, recently found negative, 1962. Pigment print, 19 x 13 inches, 48.3 x 33 cm. The image size is 11.5 x 11.5. The edition 11/62. Signed, stamped.

This was printed from a lost negative that was recently found. A very rare image, never before offered from Bert Stern. The red markings and the scratches were done by Marilyn.

Bert Stern (American, born 3 October 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. In his book Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Last Sitting, published in 1992, he recounted being enchanted by her until a near-intimate encounter after the second day of shooting; he then realized that she was deeply troubled. He also directed Jazz on a Summer's Day, a 1959 documentary film set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. In 1999 the film was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Stern worked as a photographer on the film Lolita, directed by Stanley Kubrick with a screenplay by Vladimir Nabokov, and shot the publicity photographs of Sue Lyon. He has photographed Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan (recreating The Last Sitting), among others, in addition to his work for advertising and travel publications. Stern is divorced from the ballerina Allegra Kent. (wiki)


Stern, Bert. The last sitting / Bert Stern ; from the collection of Michaela and Leon Constantiner, New York. [Milan]: Electa; [New York]: Distributed by Random House, Inc., c2007.

Stern, Bert, and Annie Gottlieb. Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Last Sitting. Munich: Schirmer Art Books, 2006.

Stern, Bert. Bert Stern : adventures / Bert Stern, Robert Sobieszek. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1998.

Stern, Bert. The last sitting / Bert Stern; text with Annie Gottlieb. New York : Morrow, 1982.

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