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Bert Stern (American, 1929-2013) limited edition black and white unframed pigment print, depicting Marilyn Monroe posing nude with jewelled roses over her breasts, from "The Last Sitting" series, taken for Vogue Magazine in 1962, six weeks before the actress's fatal drug overdose. Roses embellished with blue, black, and silver Swarovski crystals by Stern's assistants, Lisa and Lynette Lavender. Signed by Bert Stern lower right, additionally signed and stamped by Stern and dated 2012 en verso. Also stamped en verso "Uniquely Jeweled by Lisa and Lynette Lavender". 19" H x 13" 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: Unframed, excellent condition.