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The Prize

Signed Marilyn Blue Roses print by Bert Stern

  • Premium elite photographic paper
  • 19” x 13”
  • Limited edition of 250

Bert Stern was an American commercial photographer. He kicked off his career doing a Smirnoff vodka campaign for a Madison Avenue advertising agency in 1955. He is best known for The Last Sitting, a collection of 2,500 photographs of Marilyn Monroe that were taken for Vogue. The entire shoot took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel over a period of 3 days. Surprisingly, many of the photographs from that shoot were never printed or seen by the public. Over 40 years later, Bert rediscovered these photographs in a box. Over the next few months, Bert worked with Duggal photo lab in New York to restore and repair the entire collection of photos.

This fine art print of Marilyn Monroe titled Blue Roses was originally photographed by Stern in 1962 for Vogue Magazine. The photograph was reinvented in 2010 by Bert and the Lavender sisters, Lisa and Lynette, using gemstones and crystals to encrust the photos. It was featured in an exhibit in New York in 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Marilyn’s death. Bert Stern passed away in 2013, and the estate for the 1962 Vogue photos went to Lynette Lavender.

Lavender "reinvented 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. 


The Cause

The Help A Life Foundation was formed in 2007 with the goal of housing and educating adolescent orphaned girls and providing them with a secure and supportive environment. We currently house 52 girls in a building compound capable of accommodating 56 girls and managed with a local staff of nine. Four tutorial rooms are used daily with a staff of six tutors in a range of subjects from English to Biology. 44 girls have completed high school and are at different universities throughout Ethiopia with most studying to become doctors or engineers.

These girls are selected from the surrounding villages with the collaborative effort of the local community leaders where they are housed in a gated safe group home with all living necessities provided for.

In addition, life skills training is also provided to integrate them into society as productive citizens. We currently have three self-sustaining projects, where five of the girls are managing them full-time as their careers and will be paid an according salary that allows them to integrate back into society as a proven success of Project Blue.

Much of the success of this project is due to Help a Life working directly with the local government and businesses. All of the HALF staff on Project Blue in Debre Markos are Ethiopian, and decisions are made in tandem with the local government officials.

Additional Details

  • Certificate of authenticity included.
  • In condition as donated.
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  • This item will be shipping from the United States. Shipments outside the U.S. are subject to additional shipping and customs fees and are the full responsibility of the winning bidder.
  • This is not framed.
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