While Marilyn Monroe is known for a number of famous looks, one of her most admired is the bedazzled, body-hugging dress she wore to wish a certain president happy birthday. In her scandalous serenade to John F. Kennedy, the iconic starlet wore a spectacular, plunging gown by costume designer Jean Louis, which is now headed to auction this Thursday at Hollywood’s Julien’s Auctions. What’s the price tag on such a prized piece of Old Hollywood? A cool $2.5 million, which is what the dress is expected to sell for. Casual—but perhaps a fitting number for such a historic garment.
The “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress. Photo: Getty Images