54 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe, who ruled the acting and modelling world in the 50’s and was one of the most popular sex symbols then, is still been remembered as one of her most valuable dresses is about to be auctioned for at least $3 million.
The dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang Happy Birthday to US President John F Kennedy is to be auctioned in November.
The Jean Louis-designed outfit, which is covered with sequins, is expected to fetch up to $3m.
The late star wore the hand-stitched dress with more than 2,500 crystals on stage at Madison Square Garden, New York, when she sang to the then president.The actress, who died aged 36 of a drug overdose less than three months later, is said to have requested an ‘historic’ dress from designer Jean Louis.The fit was so tight that she wore nothing underneath and had to be sewn in.
This gave the impression that she was naked after she shed her fur coat to sing to the president at the Democratic Party fundraiser on 19 May 1962.
The performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden was actually 10 days before the president’s 45th birthday.
The dress currently belong to a private investor who bought it from the auction of her estate in 1999 for $1,267,000.
Marilyn with US Attorney General, Robert Kennedy, Left and President J.F. Kennedy, Right
Watch her performance below: