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Bert Stern

Marilyn with Blue Roses (from the Last Sitting), 1962

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Lot 30
Gelatin silver print
36.0 x 27.0 in (91.4 x 68.6 cm)
Signed and inscribed on recto; stamped on verso


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Embodying her role as a sex icon, Marilyn Monroe stares sultrily into the camera, strategically covering herself with two blue roses. The portfolio from which this image comes was taken for Vogue only six weeks before the actress was found dead in her home. As such, Bert Stern's session with the starlet has been dubbed the 'Last Sitting.'

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About Bert Stern

Bert Stern (American, 1929-2013) was a legendary figure in the world of contemporary photography. He quickly rose to prominence in the 1960s thanks to his advertising work, which included a design for Smirnoff Vodka in which an Egyptian pyramid appears inverted inside a martini glass. His best-known work is arguably 'The Last Sitting,' a collection of 2,500 photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken for Vogue over a three-day period six weeks before the actress' death.