From Marilyn Monroe to Cindy Crawford or Brigitte Bardot. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Photo Opportunities sale on Friday 28thFebruary. London auctions.
A selection of more than 20 photographs of one of Hollywood’s most photographed women, Marilyn Monroe, offers a rare opportunity to own some of the most beautiful and iconic images of one of the most famous starts of the 20th century. The photographs were taken by some of the world’s most famous photographers including George Barris, Bert Stern, Cecil Beaton and Milton Green, and many of them are signed by the artists.
From the last photo shoot she undertook just six weeks before her death in August 1962, four revealing and iconic images that embody a very personal record of the troubled star. In an interview about three-day photography session with Marilyn Monroe entitled Last Sitting photographer Bert Stern said: “Well what do you want to do?” and I said, “Well I dunno, what do you want to do?” She picked up this scarf, looked through it, and it was transparent, she could see me. She understood right away, and said: “You want to do nudes. And I said, “Well that’s a good idea.” These memorable images are estimate at £1,500 – 2,000. [Lot 209].
Elsewhere in the sale are two stunning photographs by Italian photographer and architect, Marco Glaviano, of the ‘90s supermodel Cindy Crawford. A pioneer of early digital photography Glaviano was the first photographer to have published a digital photograph in American Vogue. He worked closely with some of the world’s most famous models during the 1980s and 1990s and said of the photographs he took at that time: “These are the most iconic pictures I took in my career, when models used to be beautiful like Cindy, before the industry changed to anorexic model [body] types.” The photographs are estimated at £1,000 – 1,500 and £1,200 – 1,500 respectively. [Lots 261 and 262].
Photo Opportunities: Friday 28 February 2014, 2.00pm.
Bloomsbury London. Bloomsbury House. 24 Maddox Street London W1S 1PP.
Viewing: 23rd February 2014 11.00am-4.00pm. 24th February 2014 9.30am-5.30pm. 25th February 2014 9.30am-5.30pm. 26th February 2014 9.30am-5.30pm. 27th February 2014 9.30am-8.00pm. Day of sale from 9.30am.