One of Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic dresses has been sold at an auction for $4.8 million.
The flesh-coloured gown which teasingly portrayed the illusion of being naked was worn by the actress and singer when she serenaded JFK on his 45th birthday with her famously sultry ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’.
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The dress was supposedly so tight that the actress had to be sewn into it before she took the stage at Madison Square Garden in 1962, and is has 2,500 hand-stitched crystals. A truly precious fashion gem, the Jean Louis dress was the centerpiece in the largest collection of Marilyn memorabilia to be auctioned at Julien’s Auctions.
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‘In the 20th century, I cannot think of one single item that tells the story of the 1960s as well as this dress’, says Edward Meyer, Ripley’s vice-president. The entertainment company was the winning bidder.
And the $4.8 million price tag is no shocker – even a sketch of the iconic number by fashion designer Bob Mackie was sold for almost $10,000.
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‘Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday Mr. President” is certainly one of the most famous impromptu performances in American history’, states president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, Darren Julien.
And we can only agree with that. Watch the wonderfully chilling and seductive moments here: