Monroe dress for Kennedy birthday song sold _ $4.8 million

Marilyn Monroe
FILE - This April 1962 file photo shows actress Marilyn Monroe on the set of her last movie, "Something's Got To Give," in Los Angeles. The city of Los Angeles trampled state and local laws when it approved demolition of a home where Monroe briefly lived to make way for a condominium project, a lawsuit charges. The Los Angeles Times reported Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, the house where the actress lived for one year was torn down days before a hearing on whether to consider making it a historic monument. (AP Photo, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – 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 died from what the Los Angeles district attorney’s office ruled was an overdose of barbiturates.

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