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    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 120

    BERT STERN (B. 1929)

    Marilyn Monroe, 1962

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    BERT STERN (B. 1929)
    Marilyn Monroe, 1962
    gelatin silver print, printed 1991
    signed in pencil/ink (in the margin); titled, numbered '3/3' and copyright credit stamp (on the verso)
    39 x 39 3/8in. (99 x 100cm.)

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    Christie's, New York, April 8, 1993, lot 517.


    Stern, The Complete Last Sitting of Marilyn Monroe, Schirmer Art Books, 1992, p. 147.


    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

    This is the only shot taken during the famous photographic sessions known as The Last Sitting in which a cameo of Marilyn in full frontal nudity was made. Stern recounts: 'I started to shoot. This was the way I'd wanted her all along. Her beautiful body shone through the harlequin scarf in a tantalizing, abstract hide-and-seek. Until she dropped it. And I shot it. Just for myself. One glimpse. One stolen frame. We were finished. It was almost seven in the morning. We'd been working for twelve hours.'