Marilyn Monroe's "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" dress on display at Christie's in New York in 1999. Julien's Auctions says that the iconic, form-fitting gown was sold for $4.8 million to Ripley's Believe It or Not.

Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress on display at Christie’s in New York in 1999. Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews, File Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews, File

LOS ANGELES — Officials say a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe as she famously sang “Happy Birthday” to President John. F. Kennedy has sold for nearly $5 million at a Los Angeles auction.

Julien’s Auctions says that the iconic, form-fitting gown was sold for $4.8 million Thursday night to Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

The company says in a news release that the actress wore the Hollywood designer Jean Louis creation – flesh-colored and sparkling with over 2,500 handstitched crystals — on May 19, 1962, for an early 45th birthday celebration for Kennedy at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Marilyn Monroe in 1962 on the set of her last movie, "Something's Got To Give," in Los Angeles.

Marilyn Monroe in 1962 on the set of her last movie, “Something’s Got To Give,” in Los Angeles. Associated Press, File Associated Press, File

Monroe’s breathy rendition of the birthday song has been broadcast repeatedly since, adding to the lore surrounding the screen icon.

It was just a few months later on Aug. 5, that the 36-year-old Monroe was found dead from what the Los Angeles district attorney’s office ruled was an overdose of barbiturates.