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Monroe 'Happy Birthday' Gown Sold for $4.8m

Monroe ‘Happy Birthday’ Gown Sold for $4.8m

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 last week.

The flesh-colored 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 specializing in bizarre and historically significant items which owns a chain of museums, including one in Hollywood.

The dress was so tight on Monroe that the legendary actress wore nothing underneath and had to be sewn into it at the last minute before stepping on stage at Madison Square Garden in 1962 to sing to JFK in her trademark sultry voice, according to the auction house.

First auctioned by Christie’s in 1999, the Jean Louis dress went to the late business mogul Martin Zweig for $1.3 million.

“Marilyn Monroe singing ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ is certainly one of the most famous impromptu performances in American history,” said Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions.

“Tonight was one of the most important moments in our history as a company. We were incredibly privileged to have had the opportunity to offer this amazing dress from the most legendary screen star of all time.”

Monroe died of an overdose less than three month after the performance, while Kennedy was murdered a year later.

Other highlights of the first day of a three-day auction of Monroe’s personal effects included the “Some Like it Hot” cocktail dress which sold for $450,000, and a “Rose Tattoo” gown which went for $125,000.

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A pair of her Ferragamo shoes were snapped up for $34,000 while the her “Niagara” negligee went for $59,000.

Such was the popularity of the “Mr. President” gown that even a sketch of it by fashion designer Bob Mackie sold for $10,000.

“We have had remarkable opportunities to offer unique objects related to Marilyn Monroe in the past,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s.

“Tonight is one of the most remarkable events in Julien’s Auctions history and one we will never forget.”

More than 1,000 lots of her possessions – the largest collection ever offered for auction – are being sold over three days.

Many come from the estate of her acting coach, Lee Strasberg, who died in 1982.

Considered the father of method acting, he worked with a host of stars including James Dean, Richard Harris, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Jane Fonda and Robert DeNiro.

Strasberg developed a close friendship with Monroe, who bequeathed all of her personal effects and clothing to him in her will.

The singer and actress, one of the world’s most bankable stars before her death aged just 36 in Los Angeles, remains at the top of the list for collectors of celebrity memorabilia.

Five years ago, the billowing frock she wore on a subway grate in “The Seven Year Itch” – the scene that turned her into a screen icon – sold for a record $5.5 million.

Waldorf Astoria New York Turns Condo in 3 Years

Known worldwide even to those who have never set foot in New York City, the Waldorf Astoria New York is a properly legendary hotel. It introduced the now-common door-to-door room service, invented the Waldorf salad and eggs benedict, and was officially crowned as a New York City landmark in 1993 (a long-overdue honor in our opinion). In 2017, the iconic building will close its doors for an extensive refit so that it can add luxury condominium to its resume by 2020, according to the AFP. Honestly, we are not sure what to think about this news.

Acquired by Anbang Insurance Group, a Chinese insurance company, for a grand $1.95 billion (making it the most expensive hotel sale in the world), the current hotel will undergo three years of renovation and reopen as a residential property. Envisioned to take up a full city block in Manhattan, just as the current building does, the majority of its 1,413 rooms will see themselves transformed into residential property, while a select 300 to 500 rooms will remain as hotel accommodations. This is a heritage building, being an official New York city landmark, so we are not sure how this renovation will actually be accomplished.

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In its 123 years of operation, the Waldorf Astoria New York has seen some of the most illustrious people pass through its doors – Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill and US President Dwight Eisenhower are just a few of its esteemed guests. President Herbert Hoover made it his residence for 30 years after his retirement. The building has also played starring roles in Hollywood, including Godfather III and The Royal Tenenbaums. While the closure of the hotel marks a remarkable end of a chapter, another one is in the process of writing itself in the history books.

This story was written in-house, based on an AFP report and a Wall Street Journal story.

Lily-Rose Depp Fronts Chanel No 5 L’Eau Campaign

Lily-Rose Depp was famous from birth and the adoring public wanted her to be destined for greater things. At the tender age of 16, the teenager has already walked the runway for Karl Lagerfeld, modeled Chanel’s Pearl eyewear and is now the new face of Chanel No 5 L’Eau. Oh, if you don’t know who Depp is, just think hard on her last name…

Her appointment is appropriate seeing as the new fragrance is presented as a youthful makeover to the classic Chanel No 5 scent. Created by Olivier Polge, the campaign for the fragrance will be shot by Swedish director Johan Renck and will released later this year.

The budding actress, who will be appearing in three summer releases this year, joins the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Nicole Kidman and Gisele Bündchen in becoming a Chanel fragrance ambassador. Her long history with the brand can even be traced back to her mother (we hope you have figured this out by now), who has been a Chanel ambassador since the ‘90s. Needless to say, this is one teenager to look out for.

Find out more about the new fragrance at L’Officiel Malaysia.

Off Runway: Tribute to Women in Dior

If you have ever wondered about all the famous figures to have worn Christian Dior since 1947, you should turn to France’s Christian Dior Museum, which is holding a special exhibition on just that subject. Housed in the iconic fashion designer’s childhood home in Granville, Normandy, the summer exhibition entitled “Women in Dior – Sublime Elegance of a Portrait,” (Femmes en Dior – Sublime elegance d’un portrait) runs from May 5 to September 25, 2016.

The exhibition pays homage to the stylish women – princesses, First Ladies, fashion icons, movie stars, musicians and more – who have worn garments designed by the French fashion house, exploring the relationship between the different Dior pieces and their famous wearers.

After being sketched by the designer, crafted in the atelier and presented at the traditional catwalk shows, haute-couture garments are carefully chosen by the women of the world. Selections are made in function of tastes and personalities or with specific events in mind.

“Women in Dior – Sublime Elegance of a Portrait,” organized by fashion historian and curator Florence Müller, honors these famous figures and the key moments in their lives that saw them create an unbreakable bond with the Dior pieces they wore.

The exhibition focuses on the elegant women who have showcased Dior’s dresses, garments and accessories in style, from 1947 to the present day. Their personality, style and key moments from their lives are explored through a selection of dresses, photographs, letters, paintings and drawings.

The Christian Dior Museum pays homage to Princess Grace of Monaco, Lady Diana, Leonor Fini, Olivia de Havilland, Jackie Kennedy, Francine Weisweiller, Marilyn Monroe, Charlize Theron, Liz Taylor, Mitzah Bricard, Edmonde Charles-Roux, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard and Rihanna.

Among the exhibition’s striking portraits, Lady Diana can be seen on a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1995, carrying the bag that would become the iconic Lady Dior. Similarly, Rihanna can be seen attending Dior’s 2016 spring/summer ready-to-wear show, held in Paris, France, in 2015.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a book, also entitled Women in Dior – Sublime Elegance of a Portrait, written by fashion journalist Laurence Benaïm and published by Rizzoli. The book takes a closer look at the famous figures who marked the history of the French fashion house, exploring their tastes, their memories and – of course – their Dior ensembles.

Marilyn Monroe putting on perfume

Marilyn Monroe for Chanel No.5

Marilyn Monroe putting on perfume

Chanel has announced that images of the iconic American actress will be used in TV and print campaigns for its legendary fragrance starting November 17.

Although she did not appear in ads for Chanel No. 5 during her lifetime, Marilyn Monroe may have been the perfume’s best ambassador. In 1952, when asked by Life magazine what she usually wore to bed, she famously responded that she wore nothing but the fragrance.

The declaration went down in Hollywood history as an example of the famous sex symbol’s witty charm, contributing in the process to the mystique surrounding Chanel No. 5.

Six decades later, Chanel plans to place the late actress in the spotlight in No. 5 campaigns.

At the end of 2012, just after bringing on Brad Pitt as an ambassador for No. 5, Chanel released Marilyn and No. 5, a web video in its “Inside CHANEL” series.

The clip expresses Monroe’s affinity for the fragrance through archival images and a previously unreleased audio recording of Monroe discussing her famous quote.

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Who will wear Chopard’s Monroe necklace?

Cannes Film Festival 2012 poster

Following the announcement that Marilyn Monroe is the icon of the upcoming 65th Cannes Film Festival, event sponsor Chopard has designed a one-off creation to be worn by one lucky celebrity — whose identity won’t be unveiled until May 16.

The late Hollywood actress famously sung about diamonds being a girl’s best friend, so for this year a necklace of heart-shaped diamonds and briolettes designed by Chopard’s co-president Caroline Scheufele will be revealed.
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Champagne Marilyn Monroe Premier Cru Brut

Champagne named after Marilyn Monroe

Champagne Marilyn Monroe Premier Cru Brut

A Norwegian beverage company has bottled the legend of Marilyn Monroe in an effervescent bubbly to be served in a curvy, voluptuous champagne flute in her honor.

Champagne Marilyn Monroe Premier Cru Brut debuts at Vinexpo this week, where 50,000 attendees from 47 countries are expected to converge.

The bottle of sparkling bubbly was created to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the blonde bombshell’s death which will be observed next summer.
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Marilyn Monroe Dress

Iconic Marilyn Monroe dress sells for $4.6 million

Marilyn Monroe Dress

The legendary white dress seen billowing under Marilyn Monroe in an iconic image of 1950s Hollywood has sold at auction for $4.6 million, shattering estimates.

The dress, worn by the star in the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch,” had been expected to fetch between one and two million dollars.

But the sale Saturday, part of a collection of Hollywood memorabilia held by actress Debbie Reynolds, saw Monroe’s “subway” dress — now cream colored from age — sold for $4.6 million (or $5,520,000, with added fees).
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Marilyn Monroe chest X-rays fetch $45,000

A set of three X-rays of Marilyn Monroe‘s chest taken during a 1954 hospital visit have sold for $45,000 in Las Vegas.

The bizarre medical photograph was one of several of Monroe’s belongings that were up for bid at Planet Hollywood via Julien’s Auctions over the weekend.

The highlights of the sale had toured Ireland, Japan and China before finally going under the hammer.
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Marilyn Monroe photographs on auction

Marilyn Monroe photos auction

Artnet, online auctions, launches sale of legendary Marilyn Monroe photographs featuring 60 works by 15 famous photographers.

The auction will be on-line between February 10 and February 24 and photographs’ price estimates range between $500 and $30,000.

Marilyn Monroe photographs on auction

There will be also 9 limited edition Bert Stern prints from “The Lost Sitting”, a collection that have been missing since 1962 and have recently been discovered, recovered and restored.

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