Unique Photographs from Marilyn’s Last Sitting

A unique contact sheet from Marilyn Monroe’s famous “The Last Sitting,” photographed by Bert Stern, comes to auction on Thursday in our Fine Photographs sale. The shoot consisted of over 2,500 photographs, many of which are now iconic shots depicting the troubled beauty weeks before her death.
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe (From “The Last Sitting”), unique and enlarged Fuji Crystal Archive print contact sheet, 1962; printed 1979. Estimate: $14,000 to $18,000.

Yet there was only one printed copy of this contact sheet, which includes nine different photographs taken during the sitting. Additionally, one was marked, likely by Marilyn, with an “x” to show her dissatisfaction with that particular image. Daile Kaplan, interviewed by The Daily Mail, describes Marilyn in these photographs: “There is a delicacy about the images and Marilyn Monroe is often referred to as vulnerable. The scarf is similar because it is beautiful but also has a vulnerable quality. And the cross she put on one of the photos has a quasi-religious quality.” 

Lawrence Schiller, Marilyn Monroe on the set of “Something’s Got to Give” (from the series “Marilyn 12”), mural size silver print, 1962. Estimate: $6,000 to $9,000.
Monroe was also fired from the movie set of Something’s Got to Give due to her erratic behavior—despite being photographed looking healthy and playful.