Marilyn Monroe's dress

Marilyn Monroe dress

Marilyn Monroe wore this sparkle-encrusted gown when singing "Happy Birthday" for President John F. Kennedy in 1962.

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Kennedy's 45th birthday celebration was Monroe's last major public appearance. The actress died in August of the same year, and her personal items became coveted by collectors across the world.

This slinky number sold for $1,267,500 in New York in 1999, setting the world auction record for an article of clothing.

First published March 2, 2016: 6:29 AM ET

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