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    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 118

    BERT STERN (B. 1929)

    Marilyn Monroe, 1962

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    BERT STERN (B. 1929)
    Marilyn Monroe, 1962
    gelatin silver print
    stamped 'Rough Print' (on the recto); signed and dated in pencil (on the verso)
    9½ x 13¾in. (24 x 34.8cm.) (4)


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    Provenance

    Staley-Wise Gallery, New York;
    acquired 1998.


    Exhibited

    Marilyn Monroe: Photographs from the Collection of Michaela and Leon Constantiner, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel, May 13 - September 25, 2004;
    I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe from the Leon and Michaela Constantiner Collection, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, November 12, 2004 - April 3, 2005, Toledo Museum of Art and Bass Museum of Art.


    Post Lot Text

    On completing his sessions with Monroe, Stern made prints for Vogue from his black & white negatives. He explains: 'I had finished about thirty prints that I liked well enough to show. There were a lot of different grades. Some were perfectly good prints after only two or three hours work, but I still stamped them ROUGH, because I wanted Vogue to know I would go back and make them even better. Others had really been worked on for days, especially the backlight shots. I put them all in a big envelope with all the contact sheets and went up to see Alex [Liberman] again.' (Stern, The Complete Last Sitting, Schirmer Art Books, 1992, p. 27)