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Artist: Stern Bert
Bio: View biography on artnet
Title: Marilyn as Jacqueline Kennedy – The Lost Sitting
Style: Contemporary (ca. 1945-present)
Medium: Photographs, Chromogenic (C-print), Archival C Print
Year: 1962
Print/Casting Year: 2000
Size: height – 25 in, width – 25 in, depth – 0 in
Markings: signed, signed and numbered
Edition: 3/6
Estimate: from $4,000 to $6,000

This image derives from a collection of 19 transparencies that have been missing since 1962, and were originally part of Mr. Stern’s infamous “Last Sitting.” This image is one of 9 limited edition prints now know as “The Lost Sitting.” The photographs were taken at Marilyn’s last photographic session with Bert Stern in 1962 for Vogue. It was believed that the transparencies were lost forever, until recently, and strictly by chance; they have recently been discovered, recovered and restored.

This photograph features a demure Marilyn Monroe with a black wig posing as Jacqueline Kennedy, a tongue in cheek nod to the First lady.


Artist: Conant Howell
Title: Grace Kelly
Style: Contemporary (ca. 1945-present), Documentary/Photojournalism
Period: 1950s
Medium: Photographs, Silver print, gelatin silver print
Year: ie. circa 1955
Size: height – 14 in, width – 11 in, depth – 0 in
Markings: stamped, stamped on verso
Estimate: from $3,000 to $4,000

Photographer Howell T. Conant Sr. was best known for his pictures of Princess Grace of Monaco. He was working as a fashion photographer when in 1955 Photoplay magazine commissioned him to do a cover photograph of Grace Kelly, who was soon to win an Oscar for her role in “The Country Girl.” The two got along well and after her engagement to Prince Rainier of Monaco Kelly invited Conant to accompany her on her voyage to the tiny principality on the French Riviera. There were many photographers on the ship but Conant had exclusive access. He photographed the wedding and continued thereafter to photograph the family through the years up to Princess Grace’s death in 1982. Ten years later he would publish “Grace”, a book of his photographs of Grace Kelly the movie star and Princess Grace of Monaco and her family.

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~ by eaesthete on 06/16/09.

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