Rare nude photos of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe by legendary photographer Bert Stern are included in the June Joyfuls event from Four Seasons Auction Gallery in Gainesville, Georgia, USA on June 23rd 2019.
In a very mixed bunch which includes fine art by Alfred Alex Gockel and Elena Bond, limited edition art by Pino, Picasso, Iztchak Tarkay, Ferjo, Fanch Ledan, Gary Benefield, Joan Miro, Marcel Mouly, Isaac Maimon, Henri Matisse, Howard Behrens, Roy Fairchild Woodard, and others, rare Southern pottery by Cheever Meaders and the Daniel Seagle School, $30,000 of furniture, sports collectables, Chinese porcelain and fifteen pistols, the Bert Stern photos stand out as a bit of an anomaly.
The Last Sitting
Bert Stern, a renowned American advertising and fashion photographer of the 60s and early 70s, was the last to have been granted a lengthy sitting with Marilyn Monroe, six weeks before her death on August 5th, 1962. The images of Marilyn up for auction were printed from the original negatives, signed and numbered by Bert Stern and purchased from his estate. The images also have a separate Certificate Of Authenticity signed by Bert Stern with Marilyn Monroe’s name, title of the photo and edition.
Items include a contact sheet from the “Big O” session, showing Marilyn with beads and pictured on page 456 of Bert Stern’s book The Last Sitting –
– the black-and-white Baby in Bed, an artist’s proof, number three of only 10, printed on textured photographic paper, pictured in The Last Sitting on page 400 –
Marilyn Yawning, more often referred to as The Big “O”, number nine of only 50 printed, on heavy lithographic paper, thought to be the only one offered for sale outside the Stern family, pictured in The Last Sitting on page 458 –
Crucifix IV, a colour portrait photo image on heavy litho paper with a yellow X marked across it to indicate it was not to be published, seen on page 77 of The Last Sitting without the yellow X –
Nude on the Bed, a colour image signed in silver marker on front, pictured in The Last Sitting on page 101, number 25 of 50 printed on heavy lithographic paper –
and Red Scarf, pictured on page 77 of The Last Sitting with three other similar scarf pics, but this is the one that was eventually made available to the public. This is number seven of 50 printed on heavy lithographic paper.
Also included in the auction are slides of Marilyn Monroe in 1957 from an unknown photographer, and a collection of books, framed photos and calendars on Marilyn Monroe including a novelty ‘drawing aid’ of her outline.
Estimates for the Bert Stern items start from around $4,000.