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Bert Stern (American, 1929–2013)
LOT ID: 76752
Marilyn with boa (from The Last Sitting), 1962

Pigment Print
19 х 13 in. (48.26 x 33.02 cm.)
Signed, and numbered '29/36' on recto. Accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed by Bert Stern. Copyright stamped on the verso.
Print/Casting Year 2012
Edition 29/36
Lot description
Paper size: 19 x 13 inches (48 x 33 cm)
Image size: 10 x 10 inches (25 x 25 cm)

From The Last Sitting by Bert Stern. The photo shoot was commissioned by Vogue magazine and took place in late June 1962 at the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles during several sessions at the Hotel Bel-Air, just six weeks before Marilyn Monroe died. This photograph was taken on 1962 and printed later.

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 of Marilyn Monroe, which Stern shot for Vogue magazine, six weeks before her death over a three day period. After opening his first studio in New York in 1954, Stern went on to direct "Jazz on a Summer's Day," a 1959 documentary film set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. He also worked as the photographer on Stanley Kubrick's film interpretation of Nabakov's "Lolita." Stern is 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 exhibitions at major institutions worldwide, including the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2005), the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2006), and the Chady Art Gallery, Miami, FL (2010) among others.
Marilyn Boa Portrait (from The Last Sitting) by Bert Stern
  • Marilyn Boa Portrait (from The Last Sitting) by Bert Stern
  • Marilyn Boa Portrait (from The Last Sitting) by Bert Stern
  • Marilyn Boa Portrait (from The Last Sitting) by Bert Stern
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