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Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ Dress Sells for $4.8 Million

The year was 1962 and screen siren Marilyn Monroe sang a sultry ‘Happy Birthday’ to the then president John F Kennedy. Marilyn could barely be heard as she whispered the words seductively to JFK but her outfit was a different matter all together- it truly spoke for itself!


‘That dress’ was made on a custom-made mannequin which matched Marilyn’s measurements exactly and features 2,500 hand-stitched crystals. It was designed by Academy Award-winning costume designer Jean Louis and the original sketch of the dress was done by fashion designer Bob Mackie, which was his first job out of college.


The iconic dress was sold for a mind blowing $4.8 million on Thursday to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. The staggering figure makes it the most expensive dress sold at an auction…ever! The company plans to tour the dress at several of its 32 Odditoriums worldwide starting with the one located in Hollywood, California.


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Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal is a writer and blogger who loves nothing more than watching back to back episodes of crime shows. Should she ever find herself needing to cover up a crime, she'll know exactly what to do! Her dream is to one day live in Palm Springs where she can do her writing poolside while drinking endless gin and tonics. Mum to the cutest twin boys in the world, she loves nothing more than the sound of their laughter (usually heard when they're conspiring against her). Entertainment writer and pop culture junkie, she will be bringing you all the celebrity gossip and news that your brain can handle. You can follow her blog at and on Instagram at Chrystalovevintage

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