BERT STERN (American, 1929-2013), Marilyn Monroe, (from the Last Sitting), 1962
That white dress and the subway scene in The Seven Year Itch sealed Marilyn Monroe’s status as a cultural icon, and for five days only, a new online auction offers an insight into the enigmatic persona of Marilyn. is launching a new collection of images of Marilyn Monroe, which includes rare shots from Bert Stern’s ‘The Last Sitting’, taken two weeks before her death. The selection, which includes 45 lots, is expected to sell for $36,000+ at the exclusive auction.
The collection perfectly juxtaposes Monroe’s early innocence with her later sex symbol persona, capturing Monroe at her most vulnerable in her first modelling shots when she was known simply as Norma Jeane. A wide-eyed Norma Jeane is depicted in images taken by Andre De Dienes between 1945 and 1949, including the touching from 1946, which is expected to sell at the Marilyn Monroe auction for $1200+.
Monroe’s entire career is highlighted from these early modelling shots to the iconic pictures taken by Bert Stern. The black and white photos from the beachesof Santa Monica and the Hollywood Hills show the numerous sides to Monroe. ‘Here’s to You’ (1962) portrays the playful Marilyn whereas ‘Rhythm’, Marilyn’s last sitting for Vogue, shows the risqué side of her which she was renowned for. Her trademark image is summed up in Stern’s ‘Sequined Gloves’ (1962), which highlights Monroe’s vivacious curves and trademark blonde locks.
Additional images from Milton Greene and George Barris complete this exclusive auction, which can only be purchased online at until 15th March.