Marilyn Monroe Bert Stern Hand Signed Dye Transfers
The original signatures on these photos were not those of Bert Stern. However, we have since had them signed by the famous photographer. You can see the new, authentic signatures in gold sharpie in the photo above.
Bert Stern, the famous American fashion and advertising photographer of the 1960s, was the last photographer granted a sitting by Marilyn Monroe - six weeks before she died. In a three-day session, arranged for Vogue in July of 1962 in the Los Angeles Bel-Air Hotel, Stern took nearly 2700 fashion, portrait, and nude studies, of which only a handful were published at the time. Those few photographs have ineradicably shaped our image of Marilyn Monroe and forever linked the photographer's name with hers. During the three days, the master photographer and the famous actress - who was at the same time probably the most gifted photographic model of her time - worked together, producing photographs of an indescribably sensual and human vibrancy, an unmatched climax in the history of erotic, fashion, and portrait photography throughout the world. The photographic prints are dye transfers. The ten different measure 20x20" and are in beautiful condition. Of particular interest, dye transfers are the finest technology and highest quality ever created. No longer in use, they have been replaced by computer retouching. The details are astounding; the images are breathtaking. All prints are signed by the photographer, Bert Stern. The consignor includes his LOA adding even more history. The prints were given to him from Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio, a client at the time. One wonderful day at lunch, Joe presented this gift in appreciation. This is no doubt one of the most important photographic sessions of the 20th century, for no doubt one of the most loved celebrities of our century. A world class lot.