This exquisite limited edition print of Marilyn Monroe, naked, with jewels draped across her chest, measures 47.5 x 47 cm and is in very good condition. Marilyn is toasting with a glass of Don Pérignon- her favourite Champagne. The artist's signature appears in the bottom right corner and 64/250, indicating this photo's postion in the limited edition series, appears in the bottom left corner.
This beautiful image was one of a series of 2500 photos taken by Stern for Vogue over a three-day period in June, 1962, at the Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles. It became known as 'The Last Sitting', as it was Marilyn's last photo assignment with Stern before her tragic death on August 5th, 1962.
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, but will always be remembered for his captivating images of Marilyn Monroe.
"After I set up the studio (at the Bel-Air) the front desk rang: 'Miss Monroe is here.' I decided to go down and meet her. I met her (for the first time) on the pathway to the suite. She was alone wearing a scarf and green slacks and a sweater. She had no make-up on. I said, 'You're beautiful', and she said, 'What a nice thing to say!' (Bert Stern)"
'I want to grow old without face-lifts... I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made - (Marilyn Monroe).'