Mon­roe dress for Kennedy birth­day song sold — $4.8 mil­lion

Kuwait Times - - WEEKENDER -

Of­fi­cials say a dress worn by Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe as she fa­mously sang “Happy Birth­day” to Pres­i­dent John. F Kennedy has sold for nearly $5 mil­lion at a Los An­ge­les auc­tion. Julien’s Auc­tions says that the iconic, form-fit­ting gown was sold for $4.8 mil­lion Thurs­day night to Ri­p­ley’s Be­lieve It or Not. The com­pany says in a news re­lease that the ac­tress wore the Hol­ly­wood de­signer Jean Louis cre­ation - flesh-col­ored and sparkling with over 2,500 hand­stitched crys­tals - on May 19, 1962, for an early 45th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion for Kennedy at New York’s Madi­son Square Gar­den.

Mon­roe’s breathy ren­di­tion of the birth­day song has been broad­cast re­peat­edly since, adding to the lore sur­round­ing the screen icon. It was just a few months later on Aug 5, that the 36-year-old Mon­roe was found dead from what the Los An­ge­les district at­tor­ney’s of­fice ruled was an over­dose of bar­bi­tu­rates.

This Fri­day, Oct 22, 1999 file photo shows Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe’s “Happy Birth­day, Mr Pres­i­dent” dress on dis­play at Christie’s in New York.

This April 1962 file photo shows ac­tress Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe on the set of her last movie, “Some­thing’s Got To Give,” in Los An­ge­les.

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