This alluring portrait of Marilyn Monroe is from 'The Last Sitting' - a legendary portfolio of 2500 images shot by Bert Stern over a three-day period in June 1962 - which was shot a mere six weeks before Marilyn's mysterious and tragic death at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles.
In this set-up, Marilyn, her head tilted back, hangs jewels over her face and seduces the camera with euphoric joy. Intriguingly, the shot did not meet her own exacting standards, and she personally crossed it through with an orange lipstick 'X'. The image is signed by the artist in red pencil, lower right, and numbered in red pencil, lower left, '12/12'. It measures 21 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches (55.2 x 55.2 cm) and is in very good condition.
Bert Stern (1929-2013) grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He dropped out of school at the age of 16 and went on to become the art director for Mayfair Magazine. He photographed many other iconic female celebrities, including Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and Kylie Minogue. Stern was a luminary in the world of contemporary photography. He is, however, most famous for his legendary portfolio of photographs of Marilyn Monroe, simply known as 'The Last Sitting'. The collection was first published in Vogue in 1962 and then exhibited worldwide to rave reviews.
This intriguing and highly collectable limited edition print has been signed in red pencil, lower right, ‘Stern’ and editioned '12/12' in the lower left corner. Notably, it was the final edition Bert Stern produced in this highly sought-after limited edition series.