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Sat, Aug 19, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 46B

'The Last Sitting' Marilyn Monroe Silk by Stern

Estimate: $400 - $600

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Framed Marilyn Monroe screenprint on silk by Bert Stern, 6/21/62. 

A three day photo shoot/bender with Monroe at L.A.’s Hotel Bel-Air, which turned out to be the last shoot Monroe would pose for before her overdose death. Posing nude on white luxury hotel linens with champagne and gauzy scarves, Monroe produced some of the most iconic images of her career, with a simultaneous playfulness and resignation poking through the photos’ sex appeal, mirroring her career as a comic actress whose gifts could never emerge from under a crafted glamorous image too powerful to yield to a real human being. The fact of her death so soon after the shoot made the photos a badge for her martyrdom to the star system. The series is referred to as 'The Last Sitting'.

Approximate site size: 34.5" H x 34.5" W
Approximate size including frame: 36" H x 36" W
(As is) condition, noticeable fading, water damage, frame as is. 

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