Over three days in June 1962, photographer Bert Stern took some 2,500 photos of actress Marilyn Monroe, just six weeks before she died. You know, the pictures where she's naked. The ones that inspired Lindsay Lohan to go nude for New York magazine (Stern shot those, too). They became the iconic images of Monroe, the Tragic Star, and Stern has been making bank on them since. Three days of work have essentially funded his entire life. And now he wants more! He's suing the men who ran the old magazine Eros, claiming he lent some of the photos from the collection (called The Last Sitting) and these gents never returned them. So he's demanding that the precious, irreplaceable photos be returned or, you know, they could just give him $700,000 and do whatever they want with 'em. Hell, either way he's asking for an additional $1,000,000 in punitive damages. (Man, 45 years after her death, the Marilyn economy is booming! Some dude in Australia just paid $14,500 for 2 1/2 minutes of Marilyn footage. That's 90-something dollars a second!) I think we can all learn a little something from Mr. Stern, who hasn't stopped working entirely, but cashed in early and never looked back (or, I guess you could say he looks back all the time). Someone will still be interested in hokey philosophical musings on The Hills in 40 years, right? 'Cause I don't have any savings.
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