This is the famous dress which was worn by late American actress,
Marilyn Monroe, far back in 1962, when she sang “happy birthday Mr
President” to John F Kennedy.
The gown has sold for a world-record price at auction, fetching US$4.8m
According to The Guardian UK, the sheer, flesh-coloured design, which
features more than 2,500 hand-stitched crystals, had a pre-sale estimate
of $3m before it went under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in Los
It was bought by museum chain Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, surpassing
the previous most expensive dress sold at auction – Monroe’s white
costume from The Seven Year Itch – which went for $4.6m in 2011.
Edward Meyer, vice-president of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, told the
Press Association: “We believe this is the most iconic piece of pop
culture that there is.
“In the 20th century I cannot think of one single item that tells the story
of the 1960s as well as this dress. It’s a new world record for a dress.”
Meyer said it was likely the dress would go on display at Ripley’s
Believe It Or Not in Hollywood before moving to different branches
around the world.
The custom-made Jean Louis gown was so tight fitting that Monroe was
said to have been sewn into it before she performed for Kennedy on 19
May 1962, ahead of his 45th birthday.
The Hollywood star was was found dead less than three months later,