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The dress Marilyn Monroe wore during President Kennedy’s 45th birthday is up for auction

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marilyn monroe in her iconic pose
Photo Courtesy: Corpus Christi Caller-Times / Wikimedia

The “Happy Birthday Dress” of Marilyn Monroe  had been reportedly attracting interest from museums, collectors and private investors from around the world.

The dress is said to paved way for ‘naked’ dresses, a fashion trend worn by famous celebrities today like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian.

Marilyn Monroe’s performance during President John F. Kennedy’s birthday on third Madison Square Garden back in 1962 went down in history. And so is her dress worn that night.

The beige, rhinestone-encrusted dress is created by designer Jean Louis. It features more than 2,500 crystals and was custom-made for the late star. The dress was said to be so tight-fitting that Marilyn Monroe had difficulty putting it on. Monroe had to be sewn into it on the last minute before she hits the stage.

“It’s the most historic, important piece of Marilyn Monroe that could ever be offered – it’s like the Holy Grail,” Darren Julien, President and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, tells The Telegraph.

The iconic dress is being sold by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles on November 17 for the second time around. The dress was first sold in 1999 for $1.26m. But this time around, the Julien’s Auctions think it could potentially be sold at aroud $3M.

“(How much it will sell for) is a difficult thing to predict, but we feel it will sell for more than double of its current estimate,” said Darren Julien. He went on and added, “It’s truly the most important artifact of Marilyn’s career that could ever be sold.”

Several of Monroe’s other personal items will be in Julien’s Auction. This ncludes a used tube of lipstick, jewelry, cigarettes and several other dresses, which are also expected to attract significant interest.

Meanwhile the white dress Marilyn Monroe famously wore over a grate in “The Seven Year Itch” sold for $4.6 million in 2011,  making it the most expensive dress ever sold at auction till today, according to Guinness World Book of Records.

Video Courtesy: DedicatedToMonroe / Youtube

Photo Courtesy: Corpus Christi Caller-Times / Wikimedia

 

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