Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ Dress To Be Auctioned
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 at least $2 million.
It matched her skin tone and was reportedly so tight that she had to be sewn into it.
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.
Monroe, who starred in films such as ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, died of a drug overdose less than three months later.
Mr Kennedy was assassinated the following year.
Fund manager Martin Zweig bought the dress in 1999 for $1.26m, keeping it mounted on a mannequin and in a climate-controlled display case.
He saw the purchase as an investment but he died in 2013.
Darren Julien, president and chief executive of Beverly Hills-based Julien’s Auctions, said: “It’s like the equivalent of a Monet, just because of its historic significance and its connection to one of the most important actresses of our time.”
He added that the dress had been “immaculately preserved”.
The dress, along with hundreds of other items from Monroe’s life, will be auctioned between 17 and 19 November.
Before it is sold, however, the dress will travel outside the US for the first time - to the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland, where it will be displayed from 29 October until 6 November.
The dress worn by Marilyn Monroe to sing ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ is up for auction.