The dress Marilyn Monroe wore while singing “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy will be auctioned to the highest bidder in November.
Monroe wore the nude dress with 2,500 hand stitched crystals on May 19, 1962 during a Democratic fundraiser that served as an early 45th birthday celebration for the President. She wore nothing beneath the dress and had to be sewn into it.
Iconic Marilyn Monroe dress for sale
In front of about 15,000 guests, Monroe took the stage. She sang ‘Happy Birthday, Mr President‘ at the Madison Square Garden. The sexy performance was coupled with the fact that the then first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy was absent at the fundraiser. This ignited rumors that Marilyn Monroe and the President were having an affair.
According to Darren Julien, President and Chief Executive of Julien’s Auctions, the Auction House holding the sale, the dress is expected to sell for at least $2 million. The auction will also hold on the 17th of November.