Bert Stern did what most of us can only dream about: create intimate moments with Marilyn Monroe.
The famed photographer passed away on Wednesday at 83 years old, yet his artwork lives on as the embodiment of Hollywood glamour, desire and seduction
Bert Stern conceived of his ultimate
photographic romance with a vivacious woman on his flight to Rome in thespring of 1962. He was at the height of his success, eagerly sought after by art directors and fashion editors, and able to gain access to nearly any celebrity- so why not America's leading sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe. Bert Stern wanted more than a historically conic image of the movie star: " What I wanted from Marilyn Monroe was the nudes because I couldn't think of anything to put on her."In his book The Last Sitting, Bert Stern commented, " I was preparing for Marilyn's arrival like a lover, and yet I was here to take photographs. Not to take her in my arms, but to turn her into tones, and planes, and shapes, and ultimately an image for the printed page."
A rare portfolio of photographs from Marilyn Monroe's last sitting is up for grabs to the highest bidder.
Freeman's auction house in Philadelphia estimates the limited-edition portfolio of 10 photos, made from fashion photographer Bert Stern's original negatives from his June 1962 assignment for Vogue, could fetch $10,000 to $15,000 when it goes on the block Sept. 10.