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The image is 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm), paper size 19 x 13 inches (48.3 x 33 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.

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)

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Publication: 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. Bert Stern : adventures / Bert Stern, Robert Sobieszek. Boston, MA : Little, Brown and Company, 1998. Stern, Bert. Silk and The ragpicker's grandson / Bert Stern. New York : Red Dust, 1998. Stern, Bert. Marilyn Monroe : the complete last sitting / Bert Stern ; text by Bert Stern in collaboration with Annie Gottlieb. Munich : Schirmer Art Books, c1992. The Little black pill book / Bert Stern, producer ; Lawrence D. Chilnick, editor-in-chief ; text by Lois B. Morris ... [et al.] ; photography, Bert Stern, Burt Cohen. New York : Bantam Books, 1983. Stern, Bert. The last sitting / Bert Stern ; text with Annie Gottlieb. New York : Morrow, 1982. Cornfield, Jim. The photo illustration, Bert Stern / text by Jim Cornfield, with the editors of Alskog, inc. [New York] : T. Y. Crowell, [1974].
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  • Shipping Dimensions: 19 x 13 in. (48.26 x 33.02 cm.)
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