The Most Expensive Birthday Dress in the World
It was bought by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum and is intended to be on display to the public.
"We believe this is the most iconic piece of pop culture that there is," Ripley's vice president, Edward Meyer said according to Rolling Stone Magazine. "In the 20th century I cannot think of one single item that tells the story of the 1960s as well as this dress. It's a new world record for a dress."
The sheer, flesh-coloured design, features more than 2500 hand-stitched crystals.
It had a pre-sale estimate of $US3 million before going under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Other items belonging to Monroe are also up for auction over 3 days.
It narrowly surpassed the previous most expensive dress, Monroe’s white dress from The Seven Year Itch, which went for $US4.6 million.
She sang in her trademark sultry tones at a Democratic fundraiser at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It was one of her last public appearances before her death from a drug overdose less than three months later, aged 36.