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Mar­i­lyn’s Legacy

PS Magazine - - POP CULTURE, NEWS, AND EVENTS FROM PAST DECADES -

Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe’s fa­mous ivory dress that ap­peared in The Seven Year Itch holds the record for the most ex­pen­sive dress sold at auc­tion when the ac­tress Deb­bie Reynolds sold it for $5.6 mil­lion (with fees) in 2011. Ms. Reynolds ac­quired the dress when she pur­chased a lot of movie cos­tumes and props for her pri­vate col­lec­tion that she orig­i­nally in­tended to be in a mu­seum of clas­sic Hol­ly­wood mem­o­ra­bilia. The pre­vi­ous record price for a Mon­roe dress was $1.26 mil­lion paid in 1999 for the nude col­ored rhine­stone dress de­signed by Jean Louis that she wore in May 1962 when she sang “Happy Birthday” to Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy at Madi­son Square Gar­den. De­spite the high price tags that her be­long­ings com­mand to­day, Ms. Mon­roe died rel­a­tively broke—she only had $2,000 in her bank ac­count at the time of her death.

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