MARILYN MONROE'S BIRTHDAY DRESS TO GO ON AUCTION BLOCK
New York City (JFK+50) The famous gown that actress Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang 'Happy Birthday' to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden here in New York on May 19, 1962 is going to be sold at auction on November 17, 2016.
The dress, described as a "flesh-colored, skin-tight beaded gown," is to be offered to the highest bidder by Julien's Auctions of Los Angeles, California. It is estimated that the iconic garmet will go for between two and three million dollars.
Marilyn referred to the flesh-colored dress as her "skin and beads" but UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, who also attended JFK's 45th birthday party, said he had not noticed the beads.
Marilyn's dress, made by Jean Louis, was so tight that it had to be sewn onto her body. It was acquired by financier Martin Zweig who displayed it in a case at his Pierre Hotel penthouse here in New York. The dress, according to Ula Ilnytzky of the Associated Press, is being sold as part of the late financier's estate.
Julien's is also offering 1300 other artifacts associated with Marilyn in their three day auction. Before the auction, the dress will displayed at MANA Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ and at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland.
"Marilyn's 'Happy Birthday' gown going to auction in the fall," by Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, September 11, 2016, www.knoxnews.com/