The dress worn by Marilyn Monroe as she [13 Down] “Happy Birthday Mr President” to John F Kennedy has been [16 Down] at auction for $4.8m (£3.9m). The figure-hugging Jean Louis gown, with 2,500 crystals, was bought by the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum [6 Down], exceeding the $3m guide [10 Across]. The company’s vice president [7 Across] it was “most iconic [1 Down] of pop culture that there is”. Monroe died from a [18 Across] overdose just three months after the performance.
The sultry rendition for President Kennedy’s 45th birthday at a 1962 Democratic fundraiser at New York’s Madison Square was one of her last [1 Across] appearances. President Kennedy was [5 Down] dead a year later.
The dress, which the auction house said was so tight she had to be sewn into it, had previously [2 Down] bought at auction for $1.3m in 1999 by the late [3 Down] mogul and collector Martin Zweig. The [12 Across] raised is likely to set a new world [9 Down] for the most expensive dress sold at [11 Down]. Marilyn Monroe’s billowing [4 Down] dress from the Seven Year Itch sold for $4.6 million (plus $1m in commission) in 2011.
The largest collection of the [16 Across] star’s possessions ever offered for auction is [15 Down] sold by Julien’s auction house in Beverly Hills [8 Across] three days. Also sold on Thursday was the [17 Across] dress she wore in “Some Like it Hot”, which fetched $450,000. Many of the 1,000 lots come from the estate of her acting coach, Lee Strasberg, who became a close friend of the [14 Across]. She bequeathed her [10 Down] effects and clothing to him in her will.
SOURCE: BBC News