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Marilyn Monroe's Iconic Dress Comes to San Francisco

The world’s most expensive dress, worn by Marilyn Monroe, will be on display at San Francisco’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Monroe wore the iconic, sequined covered dress in May of 1962 when she famously sang for President John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden.

“This is the most famous item of clothing in twentieth century culture,” says Edward Meyer, VP of Exhibits & Archives for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! “It has a significance of Marilyn, of JFK, and of American politics.”

The dress was purchased for over $5 million in November of 2016, setting a Guinness World Record for the most expensive dress sold at auction.

The “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress will be on display until September 5th along with other items from President John F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday gala, including an original program of the event, ticket stub, gala poster and autographed tiles with Monroe’s signature.

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