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Bert Stern (American, 1929–2013)
LOT ID: 78355
Marilyn Monroe, Nude on the Bed, ie. circa 1960

Pigment Print
19 х 13 in. (48.26 x 33.02 cm.)
Signed, by Bert Stern in red on the far right,"Marilyn" is inscribed by Stern in the center, and the edition number 19/36 is inscribed by the photographer on the far left. It is copyright stamped on the verso.
Edition 19/36
Lot description
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, Nude on the Bed (printed from a recently found negative), 1962. Pigment print, 19 x 13 inches, 48.3 x 33 cm. Image size is 11 x 17, Edition 19/36. 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.

Marilyn Monroe, Nude on the Bed by Bert Stern
  • Marilyn Monroe, Nude on the Bed by Bert Stern
  • Marilyn Monroe, Nude on the Bed by Bert Stern
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