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    Default Marilyn Monroe's 'Happy birthday, Mr President' dress sells for record $4.8m

    Marilyn Monroe’s JFK birthday dress sells for record $4.8m

    Sheer dress worn by actor to serenade John F Kennedy in 1962 auctioned in LA for world-record sum to museum chain Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

    Friday 18 November 2016


    The famous dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang “happy birthday Mr President” to John F Kennedy has sold for a world-record price at auction, fetching US$4.8m (£3.87m).


    ‘Happy Birthday, Mr President’: the story of Marilyn Monroe and that dress




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    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 Angeles.
    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 found dead less than three months later, aged 36.
    Monroe sang her version of happy birthday in her trademark tones in front of 15,000 guests at a Democratic fundraiser at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
    Actor Peter Lawford had introduced the Some Like It Hot star as the “late Marilyn Monroe”, referring to the actress’s reputation for tardiness.
    It was one of her last public appearances before her death from a drug overdose.
    The performance sparked rumours of an affair between Monroe and Kennedy, who was assassinated on 22 November 1963.
    Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions, said: “This dress, this story, this momentous occasion represents a defining moment in histor


    “This auction will remind the world why Marilyn Monroe remains an icon.”

    Darren Julien, president of Julien’s Auctions, added: “That rendition has lived on for decades as one of the most remarkable events in her career and certainly one of the most storied tales in popular culture history – a moment in time squarely at the centre of the 1960s, Hollywood and Camelot.”
    Hundreds of Monroe’s items are going up for auction over three days including the beaded cocktail dress worn by the actress in Some Like It Hot, which sold for $375,000.
    The happy birthday dress was presented at the auction on a custom-made mannequin designed to match Monroe’s exact body measurements.

    It had previously been sold to a collector for a then-record $1.27m at a Christie’s auction in New York in 1999.





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    Marilyn Monroe Dress Sells for $4.81 Million at Auction

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    Holy shit that's a lot of money, $4.8 million.

    And I can't believe she wore that to sing to the president in the 60's. Practically naked with sequins. Looked good on her though.

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    That's tame these days - no boobage/cleavage. Beautiful dress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post
    That's tame these days - no boobage/cleavage. Beautiful dress.

    YES! and a womanly hourglass figure to boot... I add womanly because it is so natural, not spanx'd or lipo'd or botox'd or whatever else. It's all natural! Look how it sparkles.. like the pearly insides of an oyster shell.
    Beautiful, and worth every penny imho.
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    But did it have semen stains on it?
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    IIRC, Marilyn had to be sewn into this dress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gas_chick View Post
    But did it have semen stains on it?
    Not with Jackie in the audience!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rollo View Post
    Not with Jackie in the audience!
    Jackie famously was absent and at some horse event, I believe.
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    Was she? I thought she was glowering next to JFK.
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    Wait for Kim to show up wearing it, unaltered of course because she has EXACTLY the same body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Wait for Kim to show up wearing it, unaltered of course because she has EXACTLY the same body.
    No, no...Kim is way too tiny for this dress. Kim is a size 4 while we all know Marilyn was a size 12

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollo View Post
    Was she? I thought she was glowering next to JFK.
    She was at a horse event:

    First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who rarely attended Democratic Party events, spent the day at the Loudon Hunt Horse Show with her children John-John and Caroline.
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    I always thought she looked stunning in "Some Like It Hot". Talk about being practically naked.


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    But a size 12 in the early 1960's is a 4/6 (?) in today's vanity sizing. My mother and mother-in-law were both very petite women and they wore size 10's in the 1940's. The dress is stunning and achieves it with no boobage, holes or lady bits peeking out. It may be tight but it still looks as if it fits properly, unlike some things Kim stuffs herself into.

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    She was quite skinny that night, just a few months before her death:
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