Bert Stern (1929-2013) Marilyn Monroe (The Last Sitting), Los Angeles, 1962
Dreweatt & Bloomsbury Auction, ‘Photo Opportunities’, are set to sell a selection of 80 lots that don’t carry a reserve. Amongst these images are three unique and unseen Polaroid’s of Kate Moss, taken by the fashion designer Tom Ford during a fitting for Gucci’s Spring/Summer 1997 collection.
Annotated in black felt tip in the margin, the images were used for ordering the model walks for the catwalk show. Ford had been working as creative director of Gucci for two years when the photographs of Moss were taken. In that time, he revolutionised the Italian fashion house with sex, style and glamour through his campaigns and models. He said of Moss: “I have a feeling Kate will be embodying the spirit of the times for decades to come.”
Additionally there will be more than 20 photographs of one of Hollywood’s most photographed women, Marilyn Monroe, offers a rare opportunity to own some of the most beautiful and iconic images of one of the most famous starts of the 20th century. The photographs were taken by some of the world’s most famous photographers including George Barris, Bert Stern, Cecil Beaton and Milton Green, and many of them are signed by the artists.
Elsewhere in the sale are two stunning photographs by Italian photographer and architect, Marco Glaviano, of the ‘90s supermodel Cindy Crawford. A pioneer of early digital photography Glaviano was the first photographer to have published a digital photograph in American Vogue.
Eight photographs by the British photographer Terry O’Neill, who gained prominence in the 1960s, is highlighted by a 1963 portrait of Jean Shrimpton and Terence Stamp, signed by the photographer. He said of the photoshoot: “This was done in his flat. I was doing a story on Terence Stamp as the hot young star of the time and he was going out with Jean. I wanted these two as the faces of the sixties, which to me, they were.”