NEW YORK — The skin-tight, barely-there beaded gown
Julien's Auctions is offering the sequined stunner at a sale in Los Angeles on Nov. 17.
The auction house believes the gown could fetch $2 million to $3 million.
Monroe wore the flesh-colored dress at Kennedy's 45th birthday celebration at
She died less than three months later of an overdose of sleeping pills at age 36. Kennedy was assassinated the following year.
The custom-made, one-of-a-kind dress is "not only Hollywood, but political and historical," said Julien's president Darren Julien.
The dress was first purchased 17 years ago at Christie's auction by the late financier
"She called it skin and beads," said Julien of the gown. And because the dress was sewn on Monroe's volumptuous form, Zweig had it professionally mounted on a mannequin. "It's never been off it, and is immaculately preserved," Julien said.
The dress was last sold at auction in 1999 for $1.26 million, the highest auction price for a Monroe dress to date.
The dress is among some 1,300 Monroe artifacts being offered by Julien's over three days. They include items from the estate of Monroe's acting coach
Prior to the sale, the dress will be showcased at MANA Contemporary in
The dress also will travel outside of the United States for the first time for an exhibition at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland, from Oct. 29 through Nov. 6.