(3 items). Bert Stern (American, 1929-2013) photograph, Marilyn Monroe with Gold Roses, signed, and two books related to the "Last Sitting" series, taken by Stern for Vogue Magazine in 1962, six weeks before Monroe's fatal drug overdose. 1st item: Bert Stern signed limited edition large black and white pigment print, depicting Marilyn Monroe posing nude and winking; her surgical scar un-retouched and breasts embellished with roses covered in gold Swarovski crystals by Stern's assistants, Lisa and Lynette Lavender. Monroe and Stern signatures in gold, lower margin. Housed in a contemporary brushed chrome frame. Sight – 24 3/4" H x 18 3/4" W. Framed – 33 5/8" H x 27 5/8" W x 2" D. 2nd item: Bert Stern autographed and inscribed copy of Stern's 2006 French Edition exhibition paperback photobook titled "Marilyn Monroe: La Deniere Seance" (Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting), published by Gallimard, 128 total pages. Comprised of 59 photographs taken by Stern for Vogue in 1962, at the Bel-Air Hotel in Hollywood. (Photographs were taken in two sessions, the first session is notable due to the fact that Monroe posed in the nude). Presentation inscription on the title page reading "Pour Sarah/Paris/2006/Bert Stern". 13" H x 9 1/2" W. 3rd item: Catalog for the October 2014 Aguttes Contemporary Art & Modern Photography auction. (This image is featured on the cover of the catalog for that auction). (11 3/4" H x 8 3/4" W). Provenance: Private Southern collection, acquired from model and artist Sarah Conca. (See related lots from the Vogue Last Sitting collection in this auction, lots 551-557). Background: "Bert Stern was an American photographer best known for his iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe. With his photo shoot that took place in 1962 just weeks before the actressÕ death, Stern later compiled [the images] into the photobook "Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Last Sitting," first published in 1982. Born on October 3, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY, Stern taught himself how to take photographs as a youth. Over the course of his career, Stern changed the landscape of fashion and advertising photography by creating dynamic, stand-alone images that no longer existed simply to serve the text. He emerged alongside Richard Avedon, Mark Shaw and Irving Penn as a pioneer of this new, confrontational style." (source: Artnet). CONDITION: 1st item: Overall very good condition. 2nd & 3rd items: Both publications with light corner edge wear to lower margin. Bright, clean interiors.
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