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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.