Dress Marilyn Monroe Wore for John F. Kennedy Birthday Song Sells for $4.8 Million | NBC Chicago

Dress Marilyn Monroe Wore for John F. Kennedy Birthday Song Sells for $4.8 Million

The Jean Louis creation was flesh-colored and sparkled with crystals

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    White House photographs via JFK Presidential Library and Museum
    At left, President John F. Kennedy's brother-in-law Steve Smith stands with Marilyn Monroe at a reception in New York City on May 19, 1962, the night she sang "Happy Birthday" to the president at Madison Square Garden (seen at right). The dress Monroe wore for the occasion sold at auction for nearly $5 million in Los Angeles Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.

    Officials say a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe as she famously sang "Happy Birthday" to President John. F. Kennedy has sold for nearly $5 million at a Los Angeles auction.

    Julien's Auctions says that the iconic, form-fitting gown was sold for $4.8 million Thursday night to Ripley's Believe It or Not.

    The company says in a news release that the actress wore the Hollywood designer Jean Louis creation — flesh-colored and sparkling with over 2,500 handstitched crystals — on May 19, 1962, for an early 45th birthday celebration for Kennedy at New York's Madison Square Garden.

    Monroe's breathy rendition of the birthday song has been broadcast repeatedly since, adding to the lore surrounding the screen icon.

    It was just a few months later on Aug. 5, that the 36-year-old Monroe was found dead from what the Los Angeles district attorney's office ruled was an overdose of barbiturates.