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Marilyn Monroe's ‘Happy Birthday' dress to be auctioned

The dress Marilyn Monroe wore during her rendition of Happy Birthday to President John F Kennedy. Picture by Bonhams, Cecil Stoughton, Associated Press
Ula Ilnytzky, Press Association

THE skin-tight beaded gown Marilyn Monroe wore during her rendition of “Happy Birthday” to President John F Kennedy is going on the auction block this autumn.

Julien’s Auctions is offering the sequined stunner at a sale in Los Angeles on November 17.

The auction house believes the gown could fetch $2 million to $3 million (£1.5 million-£2.2 million)

The actress wore the dress at Kennedy’s 45th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden on May 19 1962. Made of silk gauze and covered in thousands of rhinestone beads and sequins, the Jean Louis dress was so form-fitting that Monroe had to be sewn into it.

She died less than three months later of an overdose of sleeping pills at age 36. Kennedy died the following year.

The custom-made, one-of-a-kind dress is “not only Hollywood, but political and historical”, said Julien’s president Darren Julien.

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