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Marilyn Monroe’s 'Happy Birthday Mr. President' Dress Sells for $4.8 Million
One of the most iconic dresses in history sold on Thursday for $4.8 million at an auction in Los Angeles. READ: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Marilyn Monroe The sheer, nude-hued dress Marilyn Monroe wore for her breathy performance of "Happy Birthday" at a 1962 gala for then-U.S. President John F. Kennedy in New York City’s Madison Square Garden was purchased by Ripley’s Believe it or Not at Beverly Hills-based Julien’s Auctions. "Marilyn Monroe singing 'Happy Birthday Mr. President' is certainly one of the most famous impromptu performances in American history," said Darren Julien, the president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, which specializes in entertainment memorabilia. The Huffington Post also reports that the Jean Louis-designed dress was so tight that Monroe had to be sewn into it, creating the illusion that the blonde bombshell was naked and covered in sparkling crystals. Her performance marked Kennedy’s 45th birthday. (He would be assassinated the following year, and Monroe herself died of a drug overdose less than three months later.) PHOTOS: The 21 Best, Worst, and Tragic Portrayals of Marilyn Monroe According to Julien’s Auctions, the dress was previously owned by late fund manager Martin Zweig, who purchased it at a Christie's auction in 1999 for $1.26 million. He reportedly saw the famous dress as an investment, prompting him to keep it "in a climate-controlled display case mounted on a mannequin." The garment is also one of many items from Monroe’s life currently being offered by Julian’s Auctions during a three-day auction, which ends on Saturday. The Hollywood sex symbol would have been 90 today. See the titillating "Happy Birthday" performance for yourself below, and don’t forget to scroll down to check out the dress today:
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In this photo provided by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, dated May 19, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy at his 45th birthday celebration at New York's Madison Square Garden.
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Marilyn Monroe is seen wearing the iconic gown from President Kennedy's birthday fundraiser during a reception in New York City. Standing next to Monroe is Steve Smith, President Kennedy's brother-in-law. This photo is provided by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
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Marilyn Monroe’s 'Happy Birthday Mr. President' Dress Sells for $4.8 Million

One of the most iconic dresses in history sold on Thursday for $4.8 million at an auction in Los Angeles. READ: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Marilyn Monroe The sheer, nude-hued dress Marilyn Monroe wore for her breathy performance of "Happy Birthday" at a 1962 gala for then-U.S. President John F. Kennedy in New York City’s Madison Square Garden was purchased by Ripley’s Believe it or Not at Beverly Hills-based Julien’s Auctions. "Marilyn Monroe singing 'Happy Birthday Mr. President' is certainly one of the most famous impromptu performances in American history," said Darren Julien, the president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, which specializes in entertainment memorabilia. The Huffington Post also reports that the Jean Louis-designed dress was so tight that Monroe had to be sewn into it, creating the illusion that the blonde bombshell was naked and covered in sparkling crystals. Her performance marked Kennedy’s 45th birthday. (He would be assassinated the following year, and Monroe herself died of a drug overdose less than three months later.) PHOTOS: The 21 Best, Worst, and Tragic Portrayals of Marilyn Monroe According to Julien’s Auctions, the dress was previously owned by late fund manager Martin Zweig, who purchased it at a Christie's auction in 1999 for $1.26 million. He reportedly saw the famous dress as an investment, prompting him to keep it "in a climate-controlled display case mounted on a mannequin." The garment is also one of many items from Monroe’s life currently being offered by Julian’s Auctions during a three-day auction, which ends on Saturday. The Hollywood sex symbol would have been 90 today. See the titillating "Happy Birthday" performance for yourself below, and don’t forget to scroll down to check out the dress today:

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