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Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ gown sold for $4.8 million

LOS ANGELES: The figure-hugging gown Marilyn Monroe wore to serenade President John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday smashed its guide price to sell for $4.8 million at auction on Thursday. The flesh-coloured dress, adorned with 2,500 hand-stitched crystals, had been expected to fetch between $2-3 million, Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills said. It went to Ripley's Believe It or Not!, an American media empire specialising in bizarre and historically significant items which owns a chain of museums, including one in…