The Last Sitting
Le 10 juillet 1962, deuxième séance photos avec Bert Stern, dans le bungalow 96, l'une des plus grande suite du Bel Air Hotel de Los Angeles. Portraits de mode de Marilyn Monroe portant un trench noir avec une ceinture et un chapeau noir.
**** Dark Costume with Hat ****
Le photographe se souvient que Babs Simpson, la rédactrice de mode de Vogue, ne voulait pas que Marilyn soit photographiée avec le chapeau, mais Stern trouvait que le chapeau rendait Marilyn belle. Babs Simpson insiste: "Ce n'est simplement pas la mode, Bert", mais le photographe se sent poussé de lui-même de le faire. Plus tard, il tombera sur une photographie de Greta Garbo prise par Edward Steichen, et remarquera une grande ressemblance entre Marilyn et Garbo: "Qui aurait pu soupçonner qu'il y avait du Greta Garbo à l'intérieur de Marilyn?"
Alleged Marilyn Monroe sex film gets no buyers
article publié sur mysanantonio.com le 7 août 2011
par ALEXANDER WILSON, Associated Press
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — There were no buyers Sunday at the auction of a 1940s stag film that an events promoter claims shows a young Marilyn Monroe having sex before she became a movie star.
The auction was a flop. Nobody came forward willing to pay Mikel Barsa's starting price of 2 million Argentine pesos, about $480,000.
Barsa said it didn't help matters that a spokeswoman for Monroe's estate was quoted in an Associated Press interview calling the whole thing a fraud.
"It doesn't surprise me. The latest statements of Nancy Carlson didn't do anything good for all this," Barsa said, referring to the spokeswoman for a company in charge of protecting Monroe's image and estate.
Barsa said he was still negotiating with an unidentified buyer from Denver whom he said was offering much less than a fair price. But he also said his lawyers were reviewing the matter now that Monroe's protectors warned they would sue him if the sale went through.
Barsa claimed before the auction that the scratchy, black-and-white, six-minute 8-mm film shows the young actress, known then as Norma Jeane Baker, around 1946 or 1947 when she was poor and desperate to break into show business.
Experts on Monroe's life, however, said it's highly unlikely that the smiling young blonde in the film is her.
Comparing the film with known Monroe images leaves ample room for doubt. And several documents Barsa said proved his argument — a letter from the American Film Institute and what looks like a declassified FBI file that mentions a 1965 attempt to sell an alleged Marilyn Monroe sex film — are inconclusive.
Monroe's image and estate is protected by the brand development and licensing company Authentic Brands Group. Its spokeswoman, Carlson, said a sale of the film would invite legal action for "perpetrating a fraud on the public, violating the Monroe estate's exclusive rights to her image and other claims of intellectual property infringement."
"To me personally, it doesn't even resemble her," Carlson said.
EDS NOTE NUDITY - In these pictures taken July 20, 2011, Spain's memorabilia collector Mikel Barsa speaks on the phone, during an interview with The Associated Press, beside images taken from an allegedly newly discovered 8-mm stag film, purportedly showing Marilyn Monroe having sex when she was still an underage actress known as Norma Jean Baker, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The protectors of Marilyn Monroe's estate and image have lawyers ready to sue if Barsa goes ahead with his plan to sell the film he says shows the underaged star. Photo: Natacha Pisarenko / AP
Le magazine people Be n°72, paru le 5 août 2011, consacre un article d'une page et demie intitulé "Marilyn filmée sous X ?" et s'interroge sur l'identité supposé de la jeune femme qui apparaît dans le film porno vendu aux enchères, et présentée comme étant Marilyn Monroe.