Marilyn Monroe ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ Dress Sells For $4.81 Million

Marilyn Monroe died in 1962, but her star power has only increased over the decades. The dress that she sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy in has sold for $4.81 million Thursday evening at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles, and it was purchased by Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The auction runs from November 17 – 19, and many of Monroe’s personal items are being auctioned.

Marilyn wore the dress at a Madison Square Garden fundraiser and birthday celebration for Kennedy on May 19, 1962. It was created by Academy award-winning designer Jean Louis, noted the Irish Times. The full-length gown is nude-colored, made of silk gauze, and covered in thousands of rhinestones and crystals. There were no zippers on the dress and Marilyn was, literally, sewn into it. When she arrived on the stage, she was wearing a fur coat which she removed to reveal what was underneath.