At $5 million, the worlds most expensive dress comes to San Francisco

We’ve heard sagas (and many versions) of John. F. Kennedy’s infamous 45th birthday over and over again! But none of that seems to quench our curiosities in this regard. Bringing you an original from the evening that was, is Ripley’s Believe it or not that is all set to display Marilyn Monroe’s iconic ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President dress” at its museum in San Francisco.

The shimmering dress happens to be the most famous item of clothing from the twentieth century and is rightly said to “hold significance of Marilyn, JFK and American politics.” It was acquired by Ripley’s for a staggering price of $4.8 million, thus making it the most expensive dress to be sold at auction! Along with the dress, few other items from Kennedy’s birthday gig such as an original program of the event, ticket stub, gala poster, and autographed tiles with Monroe’s signature, will also be on display at the museum.

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Marilyn’s costume is also a revered piece of fashion as it comes embellished with 6,000 hand-sewn rhinestones in a classic nude shade. It will be displayed in San Francisco for a limited time period, starting August 3, and leaving after Labor Day on September 5. As rightly said by Edward Meyer, VP of Exhibits & Archives for Ripley’s Believe It or Not- “If there is an iconic piece of clothing from the last 50 years, it’s this dress!”

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