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This iconic C-print, on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper, is hand signed and numbered by Bert Stern in white grease marker, from the edition of only 50. It is from the famous "Last Sitting" series at the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles for Vogue Magazine, which is the last known formal photo shoot ever done by Marilyn Monroe. She would die only six weeks later. The photograph was taken at the Bel Air in 1962 and printed, signed and numbered around 2000.

Marilyn Monroe as Jackie Kennedy (Marilyn in Jackie Wig) is one of the most rare and desirable of the Last Sitting series because it is a tetraptych - or four paneled photograph, consisting of four distinct poses from the same shoot all in one print. The edition is only 50.
This dazzling, large signed photograph itself measures 30 by 30 inches (sheet) and framed it measures 34.25 by 34.25 inches.

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.

Note: There is minor bumping and scratching to the black frame, but the photograph itself is in excellent condition.

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Publication: The Last Sitting
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  • The Last Sitting
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm.)
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