DescriptionDocuments Relating Directly to Marilyn Monroe's Performance for JFK's Birthday. Offered are five original documents relating to Marilyn Monroe's performance at President Kennedy's 45th birthday tribute in Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962, during which she sang "Happy Birthday Mr. President." Included in the lot is the original invoice for "the dress" she wore that night, later sold by Christie's for over $1.26 million.
At the JFK birthday tribute, Marilyn Monroe was introduced by actor Peter Lawford, Kennedy's brother-in-law. In front of more than 15,000 people, wearing the flesh-colored dress adorned with 2,500 rhinestones (which she literally had to be sewn into once she had dressed) Monroe's sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday" caused the President to comment "I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way." The partly printed invoice for the dress is from Western Costume Co. in Hollywood, CA. Dated May 29, 1962 (JFK's birthday), it measures 8.5" x 7". The "Original Invoice" to "Miss Marilyn Monroe /12305 Fifth Helena Dr./Los Angeles 49, Calif." for "Made to Order Dress/Labor and Material including necessary Overtime" lists its amount as $1,027.36. Additionally, there are charges for rhinestones and mirrors ($321.89) and a pair of shoes ($35.68).
Other items offered are four partly printed statements from Exec-U-Car Inc. in New York City, the car service used by Marilyn in New York. Included is the receipt for the day of Monroe's "Happy Birthday" performance on which the time out was 11:15 a.m and the time in was 4:30 a.m. (she didn't go directly home after the event). On receipt dated May 22, 1962 has a typewritten note at the bottom: "Thank you again for letting Exec-U-Care Inc. serve you. Do tell us if the service is not satisfactory at any time.Incidently, we attended the Birthday Party of President Kennedy, and surely enjoyed it all. You were certainly wonderful, Miss Monroe." The remaining receipts are dated May 18th and May 20th. All items are in Fine condition. Accompanied by a COA from John Reznikoff, PSA/DNA.
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