Rachel Sanoff
Updated Sep 09, 2016 @ 7:50 pm
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Iconic Hollywood actress, Marilyn Monroe, passed away under mysterious circumstances more than 50 years ago, but her star power still shines as brightly now as it did then.

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The truest blonde bombshell is often imitated, but no one will ever come close to achieving Norma Jean’s humor, eloquence, screen presence, and charm.

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From standing over a subway grate in a white halter dress in The Seven Year Itch, to her vivacious performance of “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Monroe’s career is overflowing with legendary moments.

And in 1962, barely three months before her tragic death, Marilyn provided yet one more iconic performance. She sang a breathy rendition of Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy at a televised celebration.

Happy Birthday, Mr. President…

As reported by Elle, the sequined curve-hugging gown was so tight that she had to be sewn into the dress. #scandalous

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The dress was designed by Jean Louis, who spent 16 years as the head costume designer at Columbia Pictures. And it was incredibly fashion forward — Louis designed the sheer gown to match Monroe’s skin tone, making it appear as though a nude Marilyn was only wearing sequins. (Decades before Britney Spears’ Toxic music video was even a sparkle in someone’s eye).

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And now, you can own the unbelievably famous dress once worn by the unparalleled Monroe — but you’ll probably need to dig into your savings…

On November 17th, Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles is auctioning the dress for an expected $3 MILLION DOLLARS.

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I mean, Marilyn Monroe’s contributions to pop culture and film are priceless, after all…