A striking colour contact sheet featuring twelve images of Marilyn playing with a jewelled necklace from Bert Stern's historic 'The Last Sitting'. A distinctive 'crucifix' mark appears on four of the shots. The artist's signature appears in red pastel crayon, recto, and his stamp is present verso.
These stunning images came from 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.
When speaking of Marilyn, Stern does not equivocate: 'Marilyn Monroe was great. She was sexy, beautiful and funny - the perfect all-American girl. I loved her.'