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Sold for £6000 by Bloomsbury Auctions was a copy of the commemorative programme from the night Marilyn Monroe sang happy birthday to JFK, signed by Monroe herself, Maria Callas, Jimmy Durante, Peter Lawford, Eddie Jackson and Henry Fonda.

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Her dress, made of a sheer and flesh-coloured fabric and sewn with 2500 shimmering rhinestones, was so tight-fitting that, though otherwise naked, she had difficulty putting it on.

Sold for £6000 by Bloomsbury Auctions (24/18/12 buyer’s premium) was a copy of the commemorative programme signed by Marilyn, Maria Callas, Jimmy Durante, Peter Lawford, Eddie Jackson and Henry Fonda. The signatures were obtained by Monroe’s NYPD bodyguard.

Monroe’s iconic dress originally cost $1440 but in 1999 it sold at auction for around $1.26m and only last year was sold by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles at $4.8m to the ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’ museum group.