"Marilyn" by Bert Stern
"Marilyn" by Bert Stern
- 19" x 13" (48.5 x 33 cm approx.)
- Limited edition, #1 of 250
- Premium Elite Photographic paper
- Retail Value: $1,600
This image was originally photographed in 1962 for Vogue magazine by Bert Stern. Bert Stern's first professional assignment was in 1955 for a Madison Avenue advertising agency for Smirnoff Vodka. His best known work is arguably, "The Last Sitting", a collection of 2,500 photographs taken for Vogue of Marilyn Monroe in the Beverly Hils Hotel in 1962.
Many of these photographs were never printed or shown to public, until Bert discovered them in a box some 40 years later. He took them to Duggal, a photo lab in New York with whom Bert had worked for over 50 years, to see if they could help restore them to their original glory. They worked with him for months to insure that all damage to the pictures was repaired while keeping original details in the pictures intact.
In 2010, working with his long time assistants, Lisa and Lynette Lavender (twin sisters who were former top fashion models and muses of Bert), he decided to “reinvent Marilyn” through gemstones and crystals encrusted on the photos, which were first shown at an exhibition in New York in 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Marilyn’s death. Over 800 people attended the opening night.
Bert Stern passed away in 2013 and the Estate for the 1962 vogue photos went to Lynn/Lynette Lavender who printed this unique limited edition Marilyn series.
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