ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - For a limited time only, the iconic dress that Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to John. F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday gala at Madison Square Garden can be seen at Ripley's Believe It or Not! on International Drive in Orlando, Florida.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! actually set a new Guinness World Record for the most expensive dress ever sold at auction when they acquired the dress from Julien's Auctions for a staggering $4.8 million. Once auction fees were added in, the dress cost over $5 million, making it the most expensive dress in the world.
“This is the most famous item of clothing in twentieth-century culture,” says Edward Meyer, VP of Exhibits & Archives for Ripley’s Believe It or Not!. Meyer has been acquiring items for Ripley’s for over 39 years and placed the winning bid on the dress. “It has the significance of Marilyn, of JFK, and of American politics.”
Other items from Kennedy's birthday gala will also be on display, along with other Marilyn memorabilia.
The dress is on display for a limited time beginning November 9th. It'll leave after the new year.
Ripley's will also show free outdoor Marilyn Monroe movies on select Saturdays in December.