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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)
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)

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