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Gown Marilyn Monroe wore serenading John F Kennedy goes up for auction

By Ula Ilnytzky

Published 08/09/2016

Marilyn Monroe wearing the dress
Marilyn Monroe wearing the dress

The skin-tight beaded gown Marilyn Monroe wore during her rendition of "Happy Birthday" to President John F Kennedy is going on the auction block this autumn.

Julien's Auctions is offering the sequined stunner at a sale in Los Angeles on November 17.

The auction house believes the gown could fetch two to three million US dollars (£1.5-£2.2m).

The actress wore the dress at Kennedy's 45th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962. Made of silk gauze and covered in thousands of rhinestone beads and sequins, the Jean Louis dress was so form-fitting that Monroe had to be sewn into it.

She died three months later of an overdose of sleeping pills, aged 36. Kennedy died the year after.

The dress is among 1,300 Monroe artefacts being offered by Julien's. They include a sheer black beaded and sequined dress from the movie Some Like It Hot.

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