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Marilyn Monroe Historic JFK Gown Auction Catalog
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Marilyn Monroe Historic JFK Gown Auction Catalog

Marilyn Monroe Auction

On November 17, 2016, Julien’s Auctions has the honor and privilege of auctioning Marilyn Monroe’s iconic gown, worn when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in May 1962. Collectors have called it the “Holy Grail” of Marilyn Monroe artifacts, the ultimate treasure from a historic moment. For 17 years, since the landmark 1999 Marilyn Monroe Estate auction, this gown has been privately displayed on a museum quality conservation dress form in a climate controlled environment. This historic gown was designed by Jean Louis, a master of nude illusion designs. The fabric was matched to the color of Monroe’s skin. The custom Jean Louis creation was so tight fitting that Marilyn wore nothing underneath and had to be sewn into it last minute. On stage, beneath the spotlights, Monroe appeared to be wearing only crystals as she herself described the dress as skin and beads.

When this dress is sold on November 17, it will be the start of a three day auction of the Property of Marilyn Monroe. This is likely to be the greatest Marilyn Monroe auction ever as it includes the collection of property from Monroe Six member Frieda Hull, the amazing collection of career gowns from David Gainsborough-Roberts, the final auction of property from the estate of Lee Strasberg, and the many many collectors from around the world who have consigned their Marilyn Monroe memorabilia from past auctions as part of the Déjà vu property.

This dress is the crowning glory on an already amazing auction. For serious Monroe collectors, November 17th, 18th and 19th, 2016 at Julien’s Auctions will be the super bowl of their collecting careers. For Monroe fans and historians, the accompanying four volume catalog will be an often visited reference celebrating the amazing life and history of Marilyn Monroe. The gown is now immortalized in its own auction catalog as part of the four volume set. The catalog with audio of Marilyn singing Happy Birthday also illustrates the impressive gown and provides historic context with other Monroe and Kennedy related auction lots. Auction goers, interested bidders and historians can buy the complete catalog set, but Julien’s is also making available a limited number of the “Happy Birthday” Gown catalogs available for purchase.

Order your copy now to be a part of Marilyn Monroe auction history. You can also view the gown during the public exhibition November 11-19, 2016. Tickets to attend the exhibition can be purchased here.

Please Note: If you purchase the Marilyn Monroe box set, this catalog is already included.

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