Dressed to the Nines: The Most Expensive Dress Ever Sold
The moment has been cemented in American pop culture history: May 19, 1962 at Madison Square Garden in New York, Marilyn Monroe sang a sultry rendition of “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy on his 45th birthday. The intimate, sensual version of the classic, wholesome birthday song sparked rumors that the two were engaged in a scandalous affair.
However, it was Marilyn’s tight, sheer, crystal-emblazoned dress that caught everyone’s attention. The nude-toned dress featured over 2,500 rhinestones and was reported as being so tight-fitting that Marilyn had to be sewn into it the day of the celebration. This iconic ensemble became the most expensive ever sold at auction in 2011, when Julien’s Auctions sold the glamorous dress for a record-breaking $4.8 million. The lucky buyer was none other than Ripley’s Believe It or Not, who planned to preserve and display the legendary garment at one of their museums. The dress was previously offered at Christie’s back in 1999, when it sold for a then-record price of $1.27 million.
The bewitching, slinky and dazzling garment also surpassed another classic Marilyn Monroe ensemble. Everyone can recall that quintessential Hollywood movie moment, when Marilyn stands atop the subway grate and the wind billows out her skirt. The ivory, pleated halter dress that the actress wore in the 1955 film Seven Year Itch, previously held the record for the most expensive item of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, selling for a staggering $4.6 million.
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