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The true value of Marilyn Monroe's "Happy Birthday, Mr President" dress

Marilyn Monroe in 1962
April 16, 2019 - 14:35 / Marion Wierl

"Happy birthday, Mr President" by Marilyn Monroe has definitely made it into history. Back then the beautiful icon wore a skin-colored dress with rhinestones, which was auctioned off for an incredible price.

John F. Kennedy (†46), the 35th President of the United States of America, received the most provocative birthday serenade of all times on his 45th birthday (1962) in New York's Madison Square Garden. Actress Marilyn Monroe (†36) aspirated for him the world-famous "Happy Birthday, Mr President" and provoked the rumors about an affair.

Marilyn Monroe in 1954
Marilyn Monroe in 1954

Matching her provocative performance Marilyn wore a skin-colored silk dress with 2,500 rhinestones by Jean Louis (†89), which was sewn together directly on her body at the time. Since the dress was so tight, Marilyn was not able to wear any underwear. "It was just the silk dress and the crystals," Martin Nolan (78), managing director of Julien's auction house, told the "Irish Times". Nolan also announced that the famous dress was auctioned in November 2017 for a whopping $4.8 million. It was purchased by Ripley Entertainment Inc. and is exhibited in its museum.

What most people don't know: Marilyn Monroe's appearance at the Presidential Gala in New York eventually caused her loosing her job in the shooting of "Something's Got to Give" as she had actually been on sick leave.