Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday’ Dress Coming to Auction
The skin-tight dress Marilyn Monroe wore for her sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday" before then U.S. President John F. Kennedy at a 1962 gala will go on sale at an auction in November.
The sequins dress covered was so tight that Monroe had to be sewn into it. The color of the dress and the tightness gave the impression she was naked. Monroe died of a drug overdose less than three months after the performance.
Beverly Hills-based Julien's Auctions will offer the dress for sale at an auction on Nov. 17 in Los Angeles where it is expected to bring between $2 to $3 million dollars.
Martin Zweig bought the dress in 1999 for $1.26 million at a Christie's auction and saw the dress as an investment. It has been kept in a climate-controlled display case mounted on a mannequin.
Zweig’s estate is offering the dress for auction.