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Some Like It Hot... And Expensive: 7 Celebrity Outfits Sold for Big Bucks

© AP PhotoMarilyn Monroe is made comfortable in a car by her husband, playwright Arthur Miller, following her release from Doctors Hospital, New York City, August 10, 1957.
Marilyn Monroe is made comfortable in a car by her husband, playwright Arthur Miller, following her release from Doctors Hospital, New York City, August 10, 1957. - Sputnik International
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An iconic moment in the life of one of Hollywood's great movie stars, in 1962, Marilyn Monroe shimmied onto a stage in New York's Madison Square Garden. Squeezed into a dress so tight, she had to be sewn into it, Monroe sang then-President John F. Kennedy a very sultry "Happy Birthday" to celebrate him turning 45.

The impromptu serenade caused a sensation. The president was married, and the dress the young starlet wore was flesh-colored, supposedly to give the illusion of being naked.

​More than fifty years later, the Jean Louis creation has hit the headlines once more, becoming the most expensive dress ever to be sold at auction.

Adorned with 2,500 hand-stitched crystals, it sold for a staggering US$4.8 million.

The winning bidder was Ripley's Believe It or Not! — an entertainment company which specializes in collecting historically significant items.

"In the 20th century, I cannot think of one single item that tells the story of the 1960s as well as this dress," said Ripley's vice-president, Edward Meyer.

However, interest in clothes worn by the rich and famous has ensured that bidding for a piece of their stardust, has long attracted starry-eyed bidders. From her great rival Elizabeth Taylor, to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, read on to discover who else has had their outfits sell for big bucks!  

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