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Leif-Erik Nygårds

(Sweden, 1939-2022)
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
3 530 - 4 410 EUR
3 710 - 4 640 USD
Hammer price
90 000 SEK
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Leif-Erik Nygårds
(Sweden, 1939-2022)

"Marilyn Monroe, Bel Air Hotel, June 27th 1962"

Signed Leif Erik Nygårds and numbered 72/100 on verso. Cibachrome, sheet 50 x 75 cm.

Saleroom notice

Numbered 72/100.

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Leif Erik Nygårds remember the time when the current image was captured as follows: ”I had very much wanted to be able to take one photograph of Marilyn so I could prove to my friends in Sweden that I had met her and photographed her. I felt I had a good relationship with Marilyn so I asked her: "Can I take just one frame of you"? "Of course" Marilyn answered. She was sitting on the bed swept in a sheet, just her head sticking out. She looked like a mumie. Though it would be a good picture. So I turned around to pick up my Leica from my camera bag. When I turned back Marilyn had released herself from the sheet and laid on the bed totally nude. My first thought was "I can´t show this photo to my mother", I was somewhat shocked, it was not exactly the picture I had in mind a few seconds earlier, but you don´t argue with a megastar, so I tried to stay cool, connected my camera to the synccord and took this photo of her. After the flash went off, Marilyn lifted her head somewhat and smiled; a real human smile. I wish I had gotten a photo of that as well, but I had already pulled the synccord so that picture was for ever gone. I still think it wasn’t Marilyn Monroe I photographed it was Norma Jeane Baker. ”