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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Marilyn Monroe's Last Photo Shoot on the Block

Weeks before her death in 1962, Marilyn Monroe posed for photographer Bert Stern, who produced over 2,500 images. Despite the wealth of that material, only one printed copy of this contact sheet exists. There are nine images on it, one of them marked with an “X” indicating Monroe’s negative opinion of the shot. Carrying an estimate of $14,000-$18,000, the sheet will come to auction later this week at Swann Galleries.
Also highlighted in the sale are albums by 19th century photographer Linnaeus Tripe (est. $35,000-$45,000) and Adam Clark Vroman (1856-1916) (est. $30,000-$40,000), as well as photographs by Ansel Adams, Edward Clark Weston, and Edward Curtis.
Read more at Swann Galleries.

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